Unai Emery is backing Nicolas Pepe to have a “big” Arsenal career despite his slow start to the season with the Gunners.
The Ivory Coast international signed for the Gunners in the summer in a club-record deal from Lille as Emery moved to add to his attacking options at The Emirates.
However, Pepe has struggled to have an impact so far for the north London side, with 24-year-old only having managed to score one goal and make one assist in seven Premier League games so far this term.
Pepe was criticised for a sloppy display as Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Monday night.
Now, his manager has leapt to the defence of the attacker, with Emery tipping Pepe to come good in Arsenal colours very soon.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Sky Sports, Emery said: “Pepe is an amazing player. I am sure he is going to have a big career here.
“He needs time but also a lot of players when they came here, the first month, the first year is not easy for them. But I am going to work with him to make that adaptation easier.”
Asked whether the huge transfer fee was affecting Pepe, Emery replied: “They are human, every player. When they are here working, playing, with us, we don’t want and it is not relevant for us to speak about the money.
“Not for him, not for another, young player or experienced players. The salaries are not important for me. They are players, they are human and they play not thinking about that.
“I am not thinking about my salary when I am the coach. I am not thinking the player are thinking about his salary or how [much] one club paid in his everyday training and when he plays.”
Pepe will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action on Sunday with a home clash against Bournemouth before the international break.
Arsenal will then take on Sheffield United away from home in their next game, on Monday 21 October.