Ljungberg plans talks to boost Pepe

Nicolas Pepe: Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg to hold talks

Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg says Nicolas Pepe is not suffering from a crisis of confidence but revealed the pair will talk to address his form.

Pepe, 24, moved to the Emirates Stadium from Lille for £72m in the summer but has yet to put in the sort of performances which convinced the Arsenal hierarchy to smash their transfer record.

The Ivory Coast international, who has scored one goal in 12 Premier League games, appeared to lose the faith of former Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, who did not select Pepe in his final four games in charge before his sacking last Friday.

Ljungberg opted against bringing Pepe on as he chased victory in his opening game in charge – a 2-2 draw at struggling Norwich on Sunday – but the 42-year-old, promoted to interim head coach having been an assistant of Emery’s since the start of the season, feels Pepe will soon step up.