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Mikel Arteta makes confident prediction about Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe cost Arsenal a club record £72million when he signed from Lille last summer (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta is confident Nicolas Pepe will enjoy a stellar Arsenal career and insists the club’s record signing is showing signs of significant progress.

The Ivory Coast international set the Gunners back an eye-watering £72million last summer but the winger failed to cope with the pressure that accompanied his price tag.

Unai Emery had championed the signing of Wilfried Zaha but was overruled by the club’s board and it wasn’t until Arteta’s arrival that Pepe began to show flashes of his true potential.

Pepe made his first start of the season against Leicester City in the midweek Carabao Cup win any played a key role in the build-up to the opening goal of the game.

Whether the 25-year-old has done enough to keep his place at Anfield on Monday remains to be seen, but Arteta has been delighted by Pepe’s attitude in recent weeks.

Arsenal raided Lille last month to sign Gabriel (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘I think he’s come a long way. We know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure but he’s a player…