Robert Pires urges fans to remain patient with Nicolas Pepe after underwhelming start at Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe watches on during Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Watford
is but to rating a objective for Arsenal since he joined in a £72m transfer from Lille (Picture: AP)

has insisted that Arsenal ahead Nicolas Pepe is a ‘great player’ and urged the membership’s supporters to again the ahead following a tough start to the season.

Arsenal reportedly beat various high golf equipment to the signing of Pepe in August with the Ivorian turning into their all-time file signing within the course of, becoming a member of in a £72m deal from Lille.

Expectations round Pepe have been excessive after he struck 22 targets in Ligue 1 final season, however he has began his Arsenal profession slowly, contributing a solitary help in 5 Premier League matches.

Former Arsenal participant and present Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas labelled Pepe’s efficiency within the 2-2 draw towards Watford as ‘dreadful’ however Pires insists he wants time to adapt.

Nicolas Pepe looks despondent after Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Watford
Pepe was criticised for his efficiency throughout Arsenal’s 2-2 draw towards Watford on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to Reuters at a Global Sports Week launch occasion in London on Wednesday, Pires stated: ‘With Lille, he was fantastic. Last season he was one of the best players, he scored 21 or 22 goals. He’s an important participant.



‘Now he’s enjoying for Arsenal within the Premier League and he wants to adapt. It’s so tough, very powerful. So I would like to say to the fans you want to be patient with Pepe.’

Pepe emerged as some of the sought-after gamers in European soccer through the summer time after firing Lille to a second-place end in Ligue 1, offering 22 targets and 11 assists in whole.

Although Pepe delivered a promising efficiency on his full debut towards Liverpool, he hasn’t regarded as achieved in entrance of objective to this point, failing to rating from 13 makes an attempt.

The Ivory Coast worldwide was deployed alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang within the assault towards Watford however struggled to make an impression as Arsenal drew 2-2.

Speaking about Pepe’s efficiency, Nicholas stated: ‘Nicolas Pepe was dreadful against Watford. How Emery took Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos off ahead of him [Pepe] was beyond me.’