Ljungberg announces Arsenal talks with £72m man to happen, Gunners told Frenchman ‘perfect fit’, Pochettino sends Arsenal message after offers
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Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg says Nicolas Pepe is not suffering from a crisis of confidence but revealed the pair will talk to address his form.
After having a breakthrough season last year for Lille, Pepe managed to secure himself a massive £72 million move to the Emirates as Gunners boss Unai Emery felt he needed to bolster his already impressive attack with another winger.
But despite some classy glimpses of what is to come from the young man, Pepe has so far failed to fulfil the potential that many Arsenal fans had hoped after the club broke the club record to acquire his services ahead of Bayern Munich, as he is really struggling to adapt to the Premier League.
There has been some doubt in the media which claim that he has the ability or mentality to live upto the expectations that many Gunners fans have placed on his head, with some even believing that he could become a flop much like former star Gervinho.
And Ljungberg, who has taken over duties at the Emirates, has opened up and admitted that he will hold talks with the £72 million signing, telling the Sky Sports website: “Nico is someone who is a very, very good player,” Ljungberg said. “But sometimes when you come from a different league it takes time to adapt. Off the pitch and on the pitch.
“But Nico is someone I plan on talking to. We are going to have a little chat about things, how he feels because he is an important football player. But apart from that, that stays with me.”
Mauricio Pochettino has told the likes of Arsenal that he is expected to return to Europe next week to consider his next move.
Arsenal ended months of speculation in the media by giving Unai Emery the sack after just 18-months in charge of the Gunners, a call that has been backed by many fans, former players and pundits over the past few days.
And that has led to some speculation in the media which has suggested that Arsenal are interested in taking the Argentine to the Emirates, as they are massive fans of the coach and believe he could guide them back to the top of the game.
The 47-year-old has given himself 10 days break back in his native Argentina, but says he has already been made a number of “attractive” offers.
Speaking to Fox Sports Argentina on a visit to his former club Newell’s Old Boys, he said: “There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on.
“For the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham. My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back.
“I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future. At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me.”
Louis Saha has claimed that Gunners hero Patrick Vieira is the perfect man to replace Unai Emery at the Arsenal.
Emery finally got the boot from the Arsenal hierarchy after months of calls by the Gunners fans to get rid of the Spaniard, who failed to achieve his goals of getting Arsenal some silverware or back inside the top four and Champions League football.
His style of football did not fit at the Emirates, his tactics were all over the place and he simply could not connect with the Arsenal fans during his 18-month spell at the club.
And that has led to some speculation in the media which has suggested that Vieira could be the man that comes in and leads the Gunners, having been linked with a move to the club in recent transfer windows.
‘I would love to see Patrick Vieira as Arsenal’s next manager; there are other contenders for the job but none as suitable as him,’ Saha TOLD BWIN.
‘I’m not saying that because he is my friend, he has done a great job in management over the years.
‘He has the heart of an Arsenal player and that’s what the club needs. He is the perfect fit for this Arsenal squad.
‘I’ve always been surprised that more ex-Arsenal players haven’t been involved with Arsenal as coaches under [Arsene] Wenger.
‘When I saw Patrick at Man City, it didn’t make any sense to me – he would have been perfect at Arsenal.
‘I used to hate Arsenal and that was because of Patrick and his team-mates; they were impossible to play against.
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