Mikel Arteta has warned Nicolas Pepe that his period of ‘adaptation’ at Arsenal is over and there are ‘no excuses’ not to perform from now on.
Pepe arrived at the Emirates in a club record £72million transfer but has largely struggled to live up to expectations.
Arteta, the Arsenal manager, admitted it has taken time for the former Lille winger to settle, although he was clear that the period of transition has to end.
And he wants to be able to reply on the mega money signing consistently going forwards.
‘Nico has this ability – it depends on him, we can help him as much as we want but he needs to have the right mindset and consistency to do what he can do,’ the Arsenal manager said.
‘Because that is the level that we are going to ask of him, the level I am asking of him – if it is something below that he is not going to play but if he does what he can do he will have a big chance to play because he has got incredible ability.
‘He just needed to change his mindset. He needed a period of adaptation and that is gone now.
‘So we cannot rely on adaptation again, now it is about performance and he can do it.
‘He has got the players to support him, a manager that trusts him, he has got all the staff that are willing to help him and all the team-mates who really like him because he is a really likeable character so there are no excuses.’
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