“He just needs time” – Arsenal boss defends summer signing

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Unai Emery has admitted that it will take some more time for Nicolas Pepe to get used to the difficulties of the Premier League with Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international became the Gunners’ club-record joining in the summer when he signed the Gunners from Lille in August for around £72m.

Pepe has tried to have much of an impact this campaign for the north London side, with the 24-year-old having scored just one goal in 10 Premier League matches this term.

The African forward will be expecting to make more of an impact for Arsenal in the coming weeks as he continues to adapt to life in England.

However, Emery has insisted that it is going to take time for the attacker to get used to life in the Premier League.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports before Saturday’s trip to Leicester City, Emery said: “He just needs time, and to be demanding of himself.

“We are with him, working individually with him and showing him videos of where he can improve.

“The intensity of the game and the opponents in England demands a lot of you. He has to adapt to that, and we have to help him so that he can keep taking steps forward.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Southampton at The Emirates on 23 November.

Unai Emery’s side are aiming to attempt and break back into the top four after having finished in fifth place in the table and without a trophy in Emery’s first season in charge last campaign.