Arsenal new boy Nicolas Pepe has revealed how manager Unai Emery is making it “easier” for him to settle at the Emirates.
The Ivory Coast international joined Arsenal in a club-record £72m deal from Lille this summer, with the winger having been eased into the first-team with two substitute appearances over the opening weekends of the Premier League season.
Pepe has now revealed how Emery has helped his adaptation to life in English football, with the Spaniard’s ability to speak French a major benefit in helping the 24-year-old to settle.
“It’s been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate,” Pepe told Arsenal Player.
“I am new, the strategy and tactics are new and it really helps that I can get the coach’s assistance. Now I need to learn English and this is something he is helping me with also.”
Pepe has also discussed his decision to join Arsenal and the club’s ambitions for the new season, with the club determined to secure Champions League football after three years away from Europe’s elite.
Arsenal also reached the final of the Europa League last season, losing to London rivals Chelsea, and Pepe insists the club are keen to go one better this year as they bid to bring silverware to North London.
“I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition. They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical.
“I am attracted to the Premier League because it is an extremely intense championship and the best league in the world.
“The idea is to win the Europa League and that is a goal of ours. It’s a European event and our goal is to do better than last season. I believe I will.”