Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery advice finally paying off for Arsenal star

 

Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery advice finally paying off for Arsenal star


The Gunners have had a disappointing season under Mikel Arteta, with many of their stars struggling to shoot, but Emery and Wenger have long predicted that one of their new signings will deliver.



Former managers Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery's advice on a young player is eventually paying off for Arsenal.


The Gunners have had a frustrating season, with many of their star players struggling to deliver, leaving the club fighting for a place in the top half of the Premier League.


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Nicolas Pepe is one of those players who has struggled with consistency and has struggled to live up to the £72 million Arsenal paid Lille to sign him.

However, he has recently found form, scoring three goals in his last two games, including a vital brace in Wednesday's victory over Crystal Palace.

Pepe opened the scoring after 35 minutes, volleying home Keiran Tierney's cross, before adding a second deep in second-half added time, cutting in from the right and slotting into the net.



It's a remarkable turnaround for the winger, who struggled to adjust to life in England when he first arrived at the club.

Emery was Arsenal's boss at the time, and he wanted the club to sign Wilfred Zaha instead.

But it was Pepe who was brought in, and although he was not Emery's first choice, the Spaniard has ensured that the winger would perform well.



“At this point, I was thinking that Zaha's adaptation was probably easier and faster than Pepe's, but Pepe is a really good player and I think he'll progress,” Emery told football.london in January.

“He's been in London for almost two years and he's going to improve because he's a really good player.”

Wenger is another former Arsenal manager who saw Pepe's potential but warned him that there were certain aspects of his game that needed to be changed.



“I like the player, and I thought signing him was a smart decision,” Wenger told Omnisport in 2019.

“He hasn't fully adapted yet, and you need to give him some time. He seems to be playing with less freedom than he did in France at the moment.

“I see some aspects of his game, especially off the ball, that isn't present at the moment.



“At the other hand, I would say that we have good young players who can play on the flanks, and he will have to fight for his spot."



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