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Arsenal vs Standard Liege: Unai Emery sends strong message to Pepe



Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told Nicolas Pepe not to undergo too much pressure. The 24-year-old has struggled to have an impact, since his move of £ 72 million from Lille in the summer.

Emery insists that Pepe needs time to adapt and has refused to push the end for its price. Players are not thinking about salary or what a club paid to use it. For us, it’s not about pressure or no pressure.

“We are playing all the time, as a coach or player, under pressure. Under pressure is positive. Being under the influence is because we are in a great club with a very demanding goal.

“The players are here because they deserve to be and have the privilege of being here. That privilege brings pressure, of course. But it is positive.

“Not for the salary, not for how much the club paid for it. No-no-no. It is because we need to achieve excellent performance, individually and collectively. We need to be very demanding with ourselves, but it is positive.

“I’m sure Pepe is a fantastic player. Many players when they came here, the first month, the first year is not easy for them.

“But I will work with him, to make it easier for Pepe and Dani Ceballos and other players, and continue, be together and be strong,” Emery told reporters, before Thursday’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege.