Wednesday Nov 06, 2019. 09:00
Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe says Arsenal manager Unai Emery is helping him adapt in the English Premier League.
The 24-year-old player joined the Gunners following a successful season with Lille OSC in the French Ligue 1 in August 2019.
“The manager trusts me. Even if I hadn’t been decisive for a while, I always had the manager’s trust. It is always important to have the manager’s faith,” Pepe said.
“It has been hard to keep my confidence high. I knew it would be harder. It is a league totally different to Ligue 1. With a different intensity. For me, I had to adapt quickly because expectations were high.
The skillful player is keen to improve his physical fitness having netted three goals in 13 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal.
“Unfortunately, it is not what I did at the beginning but I have always had the manager’s trust and the players have supported me. I keep working hard to perform well and adapt to the Premier League,” he added.
“The key is to have good people around you. I have my family here with me so I could be good mentally, especially when things are not going well. I rely a lot on them.
“For me, it was always going to be difficult to come here in the unknown, with a different language. So have my family with me is important,” he continued.
“I am not at my best physically because I didn’t have a proper pre-season like the others. I was at the Africa Cup of Nations. I started little by little and the manager knew about it.
“I am trying to work hard to be stronger physically to perform well.”