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Wilfried Zaha demands patience from Arsenal fans as Nicolas Pepe toils

Arsenal supporters have been urged to give record-signing Nicolas Pepe time to settle in England.

The Gunners spent £72m on the Ivorian winger over the summer, paying around £20m up front for his services.

Pepe has flattered to deceive so far at the Emirates and has been overshadowed by 18-year-old academy graduate Bukayo Saka.

Wilfried Zaha was Arsenal’s initial attacking target over the summer, before Crystal Palace demanded £80m up front for their star man.

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And the Eagles winger has now called for fans in north London to be patience when it comes to his Ivory Coast team-mate.

“I see the social media, I see everything and it’s a thing where he needs time. He’s come from another league, he’s young,” Zaha told the BBC.

“There’s this price tag that he has not put on himself, people have put that on him because of his performances, so you’ve got to give him time for him to reproduce that, it’s not going to come like that.

“I have got nothing but faith in him, I’ve got confidence that he will produce the same thing that he did before, because we both play for Ivory Coast, I’ve seen the talent he’s got, but not everyone sees it.”

Arsenal ace Nicolas Pepe accepts he isn’t performing well enough for the club right now

Pepe himself has spoken out about his poor start to life at Arsenal. But the winger admits he isn’t worried at present and believes he will soon come good for Unai Emery.

“It’s not been easy, we must tell the truth,” he told RMC.

“I’m not good enough in my stats or my usual form, it’s not the same as in Lille or during the Liverpool match early in the season.

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“The confidence must come back. I am not very worried. People may be worried about statistics, but I’m not.

“I have to keep working because the level is different, so is the language.

“It’s a new championship for me. I have to adapt quickly but it will not be long.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/wilfried-zaha-demands-patience-arsenal-20545365

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