Mikel Arteta has told Nicolas Pepe the area of his game he needs to improve

Nicolas Pepe has started Arsenal's last five games under Mikel Arteta
Nicolas Pepe has started Arsenal’s last five games under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)

Nicolas Pepe is confident Mikel Arteta can bring out the best in him after a difficult start to his Arsenal career.

Much was expected of the Ivory Coast international after Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign the 24-year-old from Lille last summer.

Pepe, however, struggled to cement a place in the side under Unai Emery and started on the bench for the first two games of Arteta’s tenure.

Having starred in the New Year’s Day win over Manchester United, however, Pepe has started Arsenal’s last five games in all competitions and is beginning to adjust to the rigours of English football.

Arteta has been credited with playing a key role in the development of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling and Pepe revealed his new manager is already outlining areas of his own game he needs to improve.

Nicolas Pepe starred in the recent win over Manchester United, Arsenal's only Premier League victory under Mikel Arteta so far
Nicolas Pepe starred in the recent win over Manchester United, Arsenal’s only Premier League victory under Mikel Arteta so far (Picture: Getty)

‘Things have been going positively so far, we’ve got some good results and have been playing good football,’ said the Arsenal winger. ‘There has certainly been some encouraging signs and we know that we do have quality and we have what it takes to do well on the pitch.

‘Mikel Arteta has explained to me what he would like me to do on the pitch and he has shown me videos that have stressed the importance of my positioning. He has told me exactly what he would like me to do to help me progress as a player.

‘We want to do well as an attacking force. We want to perform well on the pitch, score goals and get assists. As a team it doesn’t matter who’s getting the goals and who’s getting assists, but the important thing is we are playing well together and getting results.

‘It’s great to play with such players [like Lacazette, Aubameyang and Ozil] and it’s been working rather well. We are good with linking up with each other and we’re capable of playing good football.

‘We support one another on the pitch and as an attacking player it’s always great to have someone like Mesut Ozil feeding passes into you so it’s enjoyable.’

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