Mikel Arteta opens up and tells Arsenal star Pepe ‘he needs to be more consistent’
Mikel Arteta wants the club’s record signing Nicolas Pepe to be more consistent in the future for Arsenal.
Pepe was signed by the Arsenal last summer in hope that he could come in and be a real superstar for the side, especially after an impressive season saw him break the 20-goal barrier last season.
But so far Arsenal fans have only seen glimpses on how good Pepe could be, with his performances lacking conviction and quality in the first half of the season for the club.
However, Pepe has impressed since football resumed this month, scoring a superb goal in the Premier League defeat to Brighton before his penalty at Bramall Lane on Sunday set the Gunners on their way to the FA Cup semi-finals.
The 25-year-old’s spot-kick in the 2-1 victory was the forward’s eighth goal of the season since his £72million arrival at the club last summer, and now Arteta has urged him to be more consistent for the Arsenal
Arteta said on the club website: “It’s very important to try and understand a player and find out what his feelings are, how hard it’s been to adapt to a new country and a language that he doesn’t understand.
“I don’t know him from before, but he is very willing and he is a player with incredible potential. However, he needs to take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit. He cannot do that, and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that.
“He also needs to be decisive in every game because if he is at his best he is a player who can make the difference. There are things to work on and improve but he is heading in the right direction. He is doing things very well too, like realising what he needs to do for the team when we don’t have the ball. I am very pleased with him.”
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