Friday Oct 25, 2019. 16:00
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has praised winger Nicolas Pepe following the Ivorian’s match winning performance at the Emirates on Thursday evening.
The 24-year-old provided the necessary impact from the bench, scoring two superb free-kicks in the final 12 minutes to lead the Gunners to a 3-2 win over Vitoria in the Europa League.
Pepe came under immense scrutiny for his role in the club’s 1-0 loss away to Sheffield United on Monday, but bounced back in superb fashion with a brilliant brace.
“Every new player usually needs time for adaptation,” Emery said in his post-match press conference. “Pepe is a very good player and we believe in him totally.
“We are very happy for him and us because he has two goals from two set-pieces which were perfect. He trying last week with set piece shooting on the training ground and I was watching his shooting.
“He is improving and tonight [Thursday] he has two goals, which are important for us and for him. He’s continuing the adaptation in his process and as soon as he can adapt, that’s better for us.
“The most important thing is the three points and that some individual players can improve, that they can take confidence for us and for them,” he concluded.