Unai Emery delivers Nicolas Pepe update to raise Arsenal hopes ahead of Watford test

Unai Emery thinks Nicolas Pepe is making “perfect” progress as he adapts to life in the Premier League but he warned Arsenal’s record signing needs patience after his £72million move from Lille.

Pepe, 24, is yet to find the mark in his first four games for his new club but has looked dangerous in his early encounters with Premier League defenders, notably giving Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk as tough a challenge as many a forward have in recent years.

Indeed despite having started just two matches Pepe leads the Premier League in successful take-ons and already has an assist to his name following the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the north London derby.

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Asked whether praise and criticism of Pepe needed to be restrained early in his first season in England, Emery…