Nicolas Pepe makes admission about his Arsenal career and reveals advice from Mikel Arteta

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 11:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Comment Advertisement Nicolas Pepe makes admission about his Arsenal career and reveals advice from Mikel Arteta The Ivorian star has endured a mixed spell at the Emirates (Picture: PA)‘In fact, I must do more, and that is certainly something I will be looking to improve on during the second half of the season.ADVERTISEMENT‘The hardest period so far for me was when the team went through a difficult spell when we weren’t managing to win a game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We worked hard as a team throughout this time and we finally managed to get that victory at West Ham last month, which was an important moment for us and the fans.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPepe, 24, started his Arsenal career under Unai Emery but is now working under his replacement, the former Manchester City assistant Arteta.‘The manager has stressed the importance of defending well as a team, and making interceptions when our opponents are trying to attack,’ Pepe said on Arteta.‘He’s shown that he has real confidence in me, and he knows exactly what I’m capable of.center_img Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal in a club-record deal worth more than £70m (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe admits he ‘must do more’ for Arsenal following his £72million move from Lille and has revealed the advice he has received from new boss Mikel Arteta.Arsenal club-record signing Pepe has scored three goals and made three assists from 19 Premier League appearances to date.Discussing the start to his career at the Emirates, the Ivory Coast international said: ‘I’ve done OK, but I can certainly do more. Advertisement Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery last month (Picture: Getty)‘In terms of working on my own game, he wants me to get into one-on-one situations, get crosses in, score goals and get assists, of course.’Arsenal are just tenth in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s home match against Sheffield United but Pepe insists the Gunners can still secure a top-four finish this season.‘It’s going to be difficult, but it’s not impossible,’ he told Sky Sports.‘Looking ahead, our sole focus is on getting a win in our home game against Sheffield United, and in general we have to stop dropping points and making silly mistakes.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I missed a very good chance when we played them earlier in the season, but I’ve managed to score other opportunities that I’ve had.‘It’s not something I’ve thought about since then – on the day, it was a chance that would’ve given us a 1-0 lead, but I’ve put it to the back of my mind.‘All players miss opportunities, but I know the goals will come – that’s part of football. I’m ready to put it right in the match on Saturday.’MORE: Layvin Kurzawa agrees deal to join Arsenal from Paris Saint-GermainMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he knew Reiss Nelson would be an Arsenal starlast_img

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