Nicolas Pepe used to be nonetheless looking forward to his debut when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner towards Newcastle, however that didn’t forestall him celebrating the strike along with his new team-mates.
The 24-year-old ahead – who Arsenal signed from Lille for a club-record charge of £72million in the summertime – began a number of the substitutes at St James’ Park, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson supporting Aubameyang in assault.
Aubameyang scored the one function of the sport, latching onto Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pinpoint pass from the proper flank earlier than expertly dinking the ball over Martin Dubravka within the 58th minute.
Pepe would possibly not have recognized an excessive amount of about Maitland-Niles earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal, however he definitely will do now.
The younger right-back used to be named guy of the fit towards Steve Bruce’s facet and obviously gained over a brand new admirer in Pepe on Sunday afternoon.
They shared a lovely second in a while after Maitland-Niles’ beautiful assist for Aubameyang…
After Maitland-Niles’ spectacular show towards Newcastle, Emery challenged the teen to display higher consistency for Arsenal.
‘He played very seriously,’ the Spaniard mentioned.
‘He’s making improvements to, he can do extra and we’re talking with him each day, looking at motion pictures with him each day, personally and jointly.
‘Today, really, really I say to him congratulations but your challenge is to be consistent today, tomorrow and the next week.’.
Pepe might be in line for his complete debut when Arsenal host Burnley this weekend and Aubameyang is worked up to play along his new team-mate.
‘I don’t need to examine it [to other strike partnerships I been in] however it’s going to be loopy,’ the Gabonese ahead mentioned.
‘Everybody is fascinated by that. We could have time to play in combination and we can see. I’m taking a look ahead to it.
‘The next game we play at home [against Burnley] and we will see what is the coach’s resolution.
‘It will be difficult for him [Emery] but that’s the sport. When you’ve gotten a just right crew it’s like that and you have got to make possible choices.’