Nicolas Pepe needs to adapt quickly to Premier League: Unai Emery, The Ivory Coast International started in three of Arsenal’s six games of this campaign and is yet to show why the Gunners have paid £72m to bring him to the Emirate Stadium.
Emery admits that he and his coaching staff are working closely with Pepe to speed up his adjustment in the hope that he’ll be able to impress against Aston Villa on Sunday.
“He needs to adapt,” Emery said. “He’s playing well, but progressively we know there’s going to be more of him to help us out, and I want him to take the last quick step in adapting for us.
“We’re working with him-after training, we’re watching individual videos with him.” He’s playing well, but we also need to be strong with every player in our club to make a lot of improvements.
“Emery and his players faced a lot of criticism after a two-goal half-time lead slip at Watford last weekend-where they were finally lucky enough to leave with a share of the spoils.
But, after making seven alterations, Arsenal struck a 3-0 Europa League victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.
Former Paris St Germain boss Emery acknowledges that he ultimately has to deliver to the club’s supporters, but insists that he is never too responsive to the result. “I stay calm when we win, when we lose, I stay calm,” he added.
“I want to win more than lose and I really want to be consistent on our way and on our way forward. We know that every match is very important because we have a lot of fans in London, England and around the world.
“We know our responsibility and we know we want to give them very good moments, we want to give them special moments and feel connected with us because it is not only how we can win, it is also how we can play and how we can give them our energy, our capacity, our skills and enjoy each match with us.”