Unai Emery tells Nicolas Pepe how to win his place back and explains bizarre Wolves decision

first_imgNicolas Pepe played 90 minutes against Vitoria in midweek as Arsenal drew 1-1 (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Nicolas Pepe’s adaptation to English football has been slower than he anticipated and claims the club’s record signing must accept more responsibility if he is to win his place back in the side.Arsenal spent £72million on the Ivory Coast international winger and beat off competiton from the likes of Napoli in summer to sing a player who dazzled in Ligue 1 last season.Pepe has struggled to win a regular place in Emery’s Premier League starting XI but appeared to have turned a corner with an eye-catching display in last month’s defeat at Sheffield United before scoring two sensational late free-kicks which sealed a comeback win over Vitoria in the Europa League.AdvertisementAdvertisementEyebrows were raised, however, when the 24-year-old was an unused substitute in last week’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, with Emery turning to teenager Bukayo Saka in a bid to add more of an attacking threat to his side.ADVERTISEMENT‘He just needs time, and to be demanding of himself,’ Emery told  Sky Sports. Advertisement Unai Emery tells Nicolas Pepe how to win his place back and explains bizarre Wolves decision Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 11:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link690Shares Advertisement Comment Leicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:06FullscreenLeicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2045018/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘We are with him, working individually with him and showing him videos of where he can improve.‘The intensity of the game and the opponents in England demands a lot of you. He has to adapt to that, and we have to help him so that he can keep taking steps forward.‘His process of adapting to the team is positive, but a little slower than what we wanted. We have to be patient as well as demanding and what’s more, we have to ensure that he takes responsibility himself.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He is not quite at the level yet to be able to play in every game. I believe, and I have always believed, that he needs to play in order to reach that level, but obviously there are also games when other players deserve to play. I use the players who I think are going to help us most in each moment.‘But we bought Pepe knowing that the first year would be difficult, that it would be a year of adaptation.‘We want that to happen as quickly as possible, but we are seeing that we have to have patience.’MORE: Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka might not play for Arsenal again ahead of Leicester clashMORE: Unai Emery says Arsenal fans have been unhelpful at times this seasonlast_img

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