Arsenal legend offers advice to under-fire Gunners forward

Date published: Wednesday 13th November 2019 2:25

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has called on Nicolas Pepe’s critics to give the winger a chance at Arsenal, rather than writing him off so soon.

The 24-year-old became Arsenal’s club-record signing this summer, when he signed for £72million from Lille.

Pepe has struggled to make an impact at the Emirates, with the Ivory Coast international’s brightest moments largely restricted to Arsenal’s Europa League matches – during which Unai Emery has mainly played a second-string lineup.

The two stunning free-kicks from the bench to help seal a 3-2 Europa comeback win against Vitoria on October 24 hinted at the quality he possesses.

Pepe also has the backing of the club’s all-time top goalscorer, who told Yahoo Sport UK that the winger must try to ignore the critics and focus on the football.

 

 

“When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you,” Henry said.

“He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.

“People need to forget about the price tag. He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.

“It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play.

“The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French League or any other league, by the way. So he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.”

 

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