Mikel Arteta is willing to help Arsenal succeed Nicolas Pepe and has clarified what the club’s record signing must do in the months ahead.
The striker joined from Lille for a fee of £ 72 million in the summer of 2019, and although he created quality moments, his transfer to the Emirates was affected by a lack of consistency.
Hopes were for the Ivorian international to start after Pepe scored eight goals in his debut campaign, but he has struggled this season in the Premier League and was recently sent off at Leeds.
“We must help him (succeed),” said Arteta. He needs continuity in the squad to do so, he needs minutes, and when he has to prove that he is willing to do it. Let’s see how the next couple of months will go.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta thinks his side ‘deserved’ to defeat Newcastle 2-0 in additional time to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
This fifth, Pepe found the net three times in the Europa League, but only made four league starts and cut a disappointed figure over Newcastle in Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win before being pulled out with the goalless draw.
The 25-year-old was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s last two top-flight victories, and compatriot Wilfried Zaha’s visit to Crystal Palace on Thursday is expected to lead the line for Roy Hodgson’s side.