Arteta knows the Pepe problem

English Premier League

New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is adamant that he knows why club-record signing Nicholas Pepe has struggled in his first season in North London.

With the Gunners currently sitting 12th, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea the former Manchester City assistant says that getting the best out of the £72 million signing requires a collective effort.

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"I think it was obviously a big change for him [Pepe] to come here from France. He found a team that, at that moment, wasn’t performing at their best," Arteta said, as per The Sun.

"If he trains well enough to convince me, then I will have confidence in him. There has to be mix between the two."

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The Spaniard added that unless the Ivory Coast international is willing to play his part in training, then he shouldn’t expect any favours from him.

"If he's willing to learn, if he's willing to work hard, I am sure he has the potential to be top—absolutely top."

The 24-year-old has scored four goals and registered as many assists in 21 games since his off-season arrival from LOSC Lille.