Thursday Aug 22, 2019. 09:00
Arsenal’s Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe has revealed that manager Unai Emery’s ability to speak French has helped him settle at the Premier League club.
The Elephants star joined the Gunners from French Ligue 1 side Lille for a club record £72million.
Despite the burden of that huge price tag, Pepe has already shown signs of becoming an important figure for Arsenal, and he has credited Emery for helping him adjust to his new surroundings, despite the task of taking in a new strategy and tactics.
“It’s been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate,” Pepe told Arsenal Player.
“I am new, the strategy and tactics are new and it really helps that I can get the coach’s assistance. Now I need to learn English and this is something he is helping me with also.
“I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition. They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical.
“I am attracted to the Premier League because it is an extremely intense championship and the best league in the world.
“The idea is to win the Europa League and that is a goal of ours. It’s a European event and our goal is to do better than last season. I believe we will.”
Pepe is yet to make his full debut for Arsenal, having appeared as a substitute in the wins against Newcastle United and Burnley, but he could be in for a start at Anfield on Saturday when the Gunners face hosts Liverpool.