Arteta opens up and tells fans that £72 million Arsenal signing ‘will be at the Emirates for years to come’
Mikel Arteta believes club-record signing Nicolas Pepe will be at Arsenal for years to come.
Pepe was signed by the Arsenal last summer as their big marquee signing, but since his move to the Emirates, the forward largely struggled to settle in his first season at the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta previously spoke about the improvements the Ivory Coast international needed to make if he was to become a fixture in his side, But he has not started either Premier League game so far this season as new recruit Willian has been preferred.
However, despite his lack of game time, Arteta insists he remains convinced that Pepe will remain a key member of the Arsenal set-up in the coming years, he was quoted on the SUN: “I think he has come a long way, Nico.
“Obviously we know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure.
“He is a really good character to have around and I’m really positive we are going to have him for many years. But he is a player who had to adapt, it is a different style and he has a really good attitude and we can see big developments in a lot of places in his game.
“He is very settled here, he is liked by the boys, he is a really good character to have around and I’m really positive we are going to have him for many years and that he can perform at a really high level consistently.”
Pepe has shown flashes of brilliance since his move to the Emirates, but he has not impressed that many fans and it would not be a shock to see him get sold in the coming transfer windows.