Emery: Pepe needs to adapt quickly

Unai Emery: Nicolas Pepe needs to adapt to Premier League

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Nicolas Pepe still needs to adapt to Premier League life after joining from French side Lille in the summer.

The Ivory Coast international has started three of Arsenal’s six games this campaign and is yet to show why the Gunners paid a reported £72m to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Emery admits he and his coaching staff are working closely with Pepe to speed up his adjustment in the hope he can impress against Aston Villa on Sunday.

“He needs to adapt,” said Emery. “He is playing well but progressively we know there is going to be more from him to help us and I want him to take the last step quickly in adapting for us.