Having joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of £72million in 2019, Nicolas Pepe has so far failed to justify his huge price tag.
Pepe scored five league goals during his debut campaign and has struggled for regular playing time under Mikel Arteta this term, making just four starts in the Premier League.
“We need to help him to succeed,” Arteta said after their 2-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle.
“In order to do that he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team and when he has that, he needs to show he is capable of doing it. Let’s see how the next few months develop.”
While the Ivory Coast international has struggled for form, he gave a timely reminder of his ability during a recent training session.
He showed incredible footwork to get past Willian and Joe Willock before curling an effort into the far corner.
Arsenal fans will now be hoping that he can replicate this on a matchday,
It’s one thing doing it in training, it’s another doing it matches, we need to see this from Pepe! pic.twitter.com/eHbWkkHETO
— Sam (@afcsammm) January 13, 2021