“The intensity in big clubs is like that” Arsenal star urged to step up his game

Loic Remy has warned Nicolas Pepe that he cannot afford to have bad days as a player of Arsenal.

They were teammates at Lille before Arsenal landed the Ivorian winger in the summer of 2019.

Pepe was the best player at the French side as he scored more than 20 goals in his last season with them.

Arsenal needed a winger in that transfer window and they chose to sign Pepe over Wilfried Zaha.

Pepe’s first season at the Emirates was a poor one, and the Ivorian has not done much better in this campaign.

He seems to be struggling with the expectations on his shoulders following his big-money move, and Remy has told him that he simply has to step up to succeed at Arsenal.

Pepe has to know that at top clubs you have nowhere to hide and you simply have to perform because players are waiting to take your spot.

Remy told Goal: “He was flying in Lille and he was the best player in the team. Then, when you get to the next step, the expectation is really high. You cannot have one day of being lazy or late. The intensity in big clubs is like that.

“You can’t complain and there’s not much time to adapt. You can’t get away with mistakes anymore like you can at smaller clubs. There are always players waiting on the bench to take your spot.

“They will be training their hardest to replace you and that’s the biggest difference between big clubs and a smaller club.

“For him, the whole team are having a difficult season. Arsenal is Arsenal, so I think they will get back to having good results even if there are no easy games in the Premier League.”

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  1. Very good comments,Pepe has struggled but thats not entirely his fault,half of Afcs squad are deadwood and theres rarely a game where Xhaka,Elneney,Willock,Luis,Willian,Mustafi,etc are not in the side.
    This situation is being addressed right now by Edu and Arteta and when the whole squad is made up of good players,quick thinkers,creative players i think Pepe will come good.

    1. Fair comments Stan but those players do not give Pepe an excuse for his lax playing and failure to fight for the ball. He never tracks back, even though most forwards do esp at top clubs. That is, in part, why they are top clubs.
      Best to cut our losses sooner rather than end up with another Ozil hanging expensively round our necks.

  2. Pepe has the the physical ability & talent but it remains to be seen if he has the brain to shape that raw material into becoming a top player. So far it’s not looking good but at some point something may click and he’ll become much better. Considering the financial investment made in him it’s worth trying some more for the time being, especially in Europe League / Cup / As a sub.

  3. Pepe needs to come out of the blocks quickly otherwise he will be just like the rest of the Arsenal names that came with alot of expectation but just disapeared and Arsenal fans hardly remember them. He needs time to adjust but unfortunately we are living in time where every day performance is judged.

    1. Halfway through his second season & you are still talking about he needs more time to adjust?

  4. What people don’t realise is that at Lille under Bielsa he was playing as a number 9 when Bielsa left he was moved to the right wing position by the new manager,he would start games as a RW but would always drift to the number 9 position he was never what you call s typical winger at Arsenal he no longer has that freedom.

  5. Pepe is fast, passes well and shots a lot, so I think he should be playing directly behind the striker, where he can shot, commit defenders and dribble.

  6. Pepe could play better if he played more centrally like what Sterling does at City or Salah for Liverpool. I’d be interested to see how he performs with a number 10 in the team. He’s clearly talented and it’s too early to write him off in my opinion

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