Arsenal manager Unai Emery has hinted Nicolas Pepe could be in line for his first start for the club since his arrival from Lille when the team takes on Liverpool on Saturday.
Pepe has made two Premier League appearances from the bench since joining the Gunners, with the second a promising introduction against Burnely at the Emirates Stadium.
The Ivory Coast international is still finding his feet in England, and Emery has suggested he is ready to get more minutes under his belt in the eagerly-awaited clash.
“The most important thing is, like a person, to help him and his family to feel comfortable here,” said Emery said ahead of the tie.
“Now he is three weeks into working here with us. He didn't do the pre-season here but he’s progressively feeling better. For example, in the first match, he played 15 minutes in Newcastle, then he played 45 minutes against Burnley,"
“I think his individual performances are progressively getting better. For Saturday, he is maybe ready to have more minutes. I am going to decide on Friday, but really his progress has been positive and has been good for the team and for him.”
The Spaniard's team has been boosted by the return of Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, who have joined the rest of the squad in full training.
Arsenal are placed second behind Liverpool in the Premier League after two matches each.