sport news Mikel Arteta eager to help Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe succeed

Mikel Arteta defends Nicolas Pepe and insists Arsenal's record signing 'needs help to succeed' with Gunners boss set to offer £72m winger more minutes following rocky start to life at the club Mikel Arteta is eager to help Nicolas Pepe succeed at Arsenal after a rocky start Pepe has failed to live up to his £72million price tag since joining in 2019 His most recent performance against Newcastle drew criticism from Ian Wright However, Arteta insists the Ivory Coast star needs more time to improve 

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Published: 06:56 GMT, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 06:56 GMT, 11 January 2021

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Mikel Arteta is eager to help Nicolas Pepe succeed at Arsenal and has laid out what the club's record signing needs to do in the upcoming months.

The attacker joined in the summer of 2019 from Lille for a £72million fee and while he has produced moments of quality, a lack of consistency has impacted his time at the Emirates.

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After Pepe scored eight goals during his debut campaign, the hope was for the Ivory Coast international to kick on but he has struggled in the Premier League this season and was recently sent off at Leeds.

Mikel Arteta is eager to help Nicolas Pepe (pictured) succeed at Arsenal after a rocky start

Mikel Arteta is eager to help Nicolas Pepe (pictured) succeed at Arsenal after a rocky start

'We need to help him to (succeed),' Arteta said. 'In order to do that he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team and when he has that, he needs to show he is capable of doing it.

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