Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has warned Gunners record signing Nicolas Pepe that he must fight to keep his place ahead of the club’s promising young stars.
Pepe has figured in all eight of Arsenal’s Premier League matches this season, starting 6 of them.
However, the £72m signing from Lille is still yet to make his mark in England.
Pepe has made something of a slow start to the season and has only managed to score one goal and make two assists so far.
The Ivorian was criticised for a below-par performance in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this month.
Wenger expects Pepe to find his feet, but has warned him that he must improve fast.
He told Omnisport (via The Sun): “I like the player and I thought it was a good decision.
“He’s not yet completely adapted and you have to give him some time. He looks a little bit to be playing not with the freedom he did in France at the moment.
“I see some characteristics of his game, especially off the ball, that don’t happen at the moment.
“On the other hand, I must say we have good young players who can play on the flanks, that he will have a fight to keep his position.”
On Monday, Wenger – who remarkably managed Arsenal between the years of 1996 to 2018 – was honoured as a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner in London.
Wenger was honoured for his outstanding managerial career, which saw him claim three Premier League titles, achieve unprecedented Invincibles status during the 2003-04 season, and winning a record-breaking seven FA Cups while at Arsenal.