Unai Emery backs Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, urges £72m signing to embrace pressure

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Unai Emery believes club-record signing Nicolas Pepe will have a “big career” at Arsenal, despite an underwhelming start in the Premier League.

Pepe, who joined the Gunners in a £72m deal from Lille in the summer, has scored just one goal – from the penalty spot – this season, and was ineffective in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Monday.

The 24-year-old admitted in an interview to French radio station RMC earlier this week his start to life at Arsenal “has not been easy”, but Emery is confident the Ivory Coast international will soon demonstrate his ability on a consistent basis.

“Pepe is an amazing player. I am sure he is going to have a big career here,” Emery said.

Pepe has scored one goal since his summer move from Lille
Pepe has scored one goal since his summer move from Lille
“He needs time but also a lot of players when they came here, the first month, the first year is not easy for them. But I am going to work with him to make that adaptation easier.”