Sacked Arsenal manager Unai Emery was shocked by Nicolas Pepe’s struggles

first_img Video Settings Advertisement 1 min. story Advertisement Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt loss is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It took until late September for him to open his goalscoring account – a penalty afforded to him by Pierre-Emrerick Aubameyang against Aston Villa – but he went a further four games before scoring again.Pepe struck twice with two sensational late free-kicks to earn Arsenal a scarcely deserved victory – their only win in their last nine matches – against Vitoria but again found himself back on the bench for key matches against Wolves, Leicester on Southampton.Ahead of the defeat at the King Power prior to the most recent international break, Emery said: ‘The intensity of the game and the opponents in England demands a lot of you. He has to adapt to that, and we have to help him so that he can keep taking steps forward.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘His process of adapting to the team is positive, but a little slower than what we wanted. We have to be patient as well as demanding and what’s more, we have to ensure that he takes responsibility himself.And, according to The Telegraph, Emery confided in sources close to him that he had been surprised at how slow Pepe’s progress has been.Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injuryMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injury PLAY Sacked Arsenal manager Unai Emery was shocked by Nicolas Pepe’s struggles Comment About Connatix V67539 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 Nov 2019 10:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares The 24-year-old impressed on his home debut against Burnley and on his first start against Liverpool at Anfield, but Emery’s tactical tinkering contributed – alternating between a two and three-man forward line – prevented Pepe from cementing his place in the side. Full Screen Nicolas Pepe has struggled to justify his £72million price tag since signing for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery’s failure to get the best out of record signing Nicolas Pepe contributed to his downfall, but the now ex-Arsenal head coach was surprised at how hard the £72million purchase from Lille has found adjusting to the demands of English football.The Spaniard was given his marching orders on Friday, less than 24 hours after presiding over a shambolic Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, witnessed by a half empty Emirates Stadium.Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in charge of the first team on an interim basis and the Swede is expected to pick an attacking line-up for Sunday’s match at Carrow Road, which could include Pepe, who hasn’t started a Premier League game in over a month.AdvertisementAdvertisementMuch was expected of the Ivory Coast international following his summer transfer after Arsenal beat a number of leading European clubs to his signature.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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