Gunners coach Ljungberg opens up and reveals he will hold Arsenal talks with £72 million winger
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.”
Pepe is a very young player that has come to Arsenal with a very big price tag, and that is seemingly weighing on his shoulders, especially as there is already so much pressure to be a huge success at the club.
Arsenal probably should have spent that kind of money on a player that has already had time at the very top of the game, as fans will not give the lad too much time to adapt. So he needs to step up and show the Premier League just why Arsenal paid so much money to secure his services.
The lad has talent and ability, there is no doubt, but the longer he goes with NOT impressing in the English game, the harder it will be for him to become a success in the Premier League
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