Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to be patient with Nicolas Pepe after tough start – Mirror Online

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to be patient with Nicolas Pepe after his difficult start in north London.

The £72 million signing has failed to hit the ground running at the Emirates since his move from Lille in the summer.

He is yet to score in open play for the Gunners , and produced a poor performance against Man Utd last week.

But Wenger said the club’s supporters must allow the Ivorian time to comes to terms with life in the Premier League.

“I like the player and I thought it was a good decision [to sign him],” Wenger told OmniSport ( via Goal ).

Pepe has had a tough start to life in the Premier League
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“He’s not yet completely adapted and you have to give him some time.

“He looks a little bit to be playing not with the freedom he did in France at the moment.

“I see some characteristics of his game, especially off the ball, that don’t happen at the moment.”

Pepe scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in the French Ligue for Lille last season.

He was in better form for the Gunners’ most recent clash with Bournemouth on Sunday, setting up the only goal of the game for teammate David Luiz.

The forward is yet to score in open play for the Gunners
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The 24-year-old was later substituted for hot prospect Gabriel Martinelli – who has scored four times in as many appearances this season, while boss Unai Emery opted to leave youngster Bukayo Saka on the other flank.

And Wenger warned that Pepe must start delivering soon, or risk losing his place in the starting XI.

He added: “On the other hand, I must say we have good young players who can play on the flanks, [and] that he will have a fight to keep his position.”

Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to give Pepe time to adapt
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Wenger himself admitted that he has recently turned down offers from a number of Premier League clubs, as he doesn’t want to manage another English side.

After spending two decades with the Gunners, Wenger told Sky Sports: “I’m an Arsenal man and after that I’m a professional. I can’t stop working .

“I decided to move out of the Premier League because I am too linked with Arsenal. I had opportunities to work in England but I turned them down.”

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