Alexandre Lacazette says he’s not worried about Nicolas Pépé, and it’s just a matter of the summer signing completing his settling-in process with the club.
Pépé joined Arsenal for a club-record £72m fee over the summer, but he’s taking his time to get fully up to speed in North London.
The winger has three goals and four assists in 15 games (nine starts), but he’s dropped out of the Premier League team recently after struggling to be involved in the goals as much from open play.
Speaking to French outlet RMC Sport, Lacazette discussed his teammate’s progress and potential with his new club.
“He’s slowly starting to speak English,” Lacazette began. “On the field, he understands more and more the requirement of the Premier League.
“We must give him time. With the qualities he has, when he has assimilated everything, I do not worry about the level he will reach within the club.”
Lacazette knows just how difficult it is to get up to the speed and physicality of the Premier League from Ligue 1, and Pépé is far from the first to have some trouble in that regard.
As long as the 24-year-old keeps getting chances in the team, he’s sure to hit his old Lille form again soon. The only worry is that Emery has been using him more sparingly in the league recently, which may affect the rate of his adaptation. Nothing to be too worried about yet though.