Wilfried Zaha has urged frustrated Arsenal fans to be patient with Nicolas Pepe.
The winger signed from Lille for £72million in the summer but has struggled to make a significant impact for Unai Emery’s side.
And his Crystal Palace counterpart, who was linked with a move to the Gunners in the summer, stood up for his Ivorian countryman.
Wilfried Zaha thinks Arsenal supporters just need to give Nicolas Pepe time to come good
Pepe has struggled to hit his best form since joining the club for £72million
He said: ‘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.
‘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.’
And Zaha is fully confident that Pepe will come good if he is given time to produce his best form at the Emirates.
Pepe arrived with plenty of expectation from Lille but is yet to find his feet in north London
‘I have got nothing but faith in him, I’ve got confidence that he will produce the same thing that he did before,’ he continued.
‘Because we both play for Ivory Coast, I’ve seen the talent he’s got, but not everyone sees it.’
Zaha made it known that he wanted to leave Palace in the summer and as a boyhood Arsenal fan, wanted to join the Gunners when they bid £40million for him.
But the 26-year-old was too valuable to the Eagles to accept that price and he remains with Roy Hodgson’s side.