Calum Chambers backs Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe to be at his best next season

Pepe has ended the season with a flourish
Pepe has ended the season with a flourish (Picture: Getty Images)

Calum Chambers says Arsenal fans can look forward to seeing the very best from Gunners club-record signing Nicolas Pepe next season.

The 25-year-old has largely struggled to live up to his £72million price tag since joining the north London club from Lille in the summer of 2019.

But Pepe enjoyed a late flourish in the 2020/21 campaign, scoring five goals in his last three Premier League appearances, including a brace in the 2-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the season.

Arteta's side finished the season in eighth
Arteta’s side finished the season in eighth (Picture: Getty Images)

And when quizzed on whether supporters will be able to see Pepe at the top of his game next term, Gunners defender Chambers replied: ‘Yeah.

‘I think he’s on good form at the minute and he’s been playing really well and scoring good goals and his confidence is high.

‘We’ve seen that all along and we’ve known the quality that he’s had and it’s just really nice to see him show everyone else what he can do.

‘He was covering me defensively [against Brighton], which is amazing.

‘I think he’s improved a lot, he’s a great player and we’ve seen it from the start in the first day of training, we’ve seen his quality, and I think now he’s really starting to show everyone what he can do.

‘We’re all delighted for him.’

Despite winning on the final day, Arsenal missed out on qualifying for the Europa Conference League by one point as they finished in eighth place, and Mikel Arteta is fully focused on improving his side for next season.

‘I’m sad because this club deserves to be delivered trophies and the Champions League,’ said the Spaniard after Sunday’s win over Brighton.

‘We haven’t managed that.It’s not been enough. We have to be very critical of ourselves, of myself, and then prepare the best possible way for next season to take advantage of that. Hopefully we can have the pre-season that I haven’t had, and have time to work with those players and try to be a better team.

‘Other teams are going to get better and they’re going to strengthen, so we need to get better. First of all, we have to get our players better, more consistent and help them to improve. All our way of playing, our philosophy, I think is in place.’

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