Unai Emery was finally kicked out of the manager’s chair a week ago, and perhaps for Arsenal players, that was the best decision for the club. But of course, there are players who feel sad and sympathetic for the dismissal of the Spanish manager, including one Nicolas Pepe.
As is known, Nicolas Pepe was bought by Arsenal from Lille in the transfer market last summer. Arsenal do not play games when they want to recruit him, even to the point of paying Lille with a value of 80 million Euros. In a way, Unai Emer’s coach is the one who most wants the arrival of the player.
Obviously, Unai Emery’s goal of wanting Nicolas Pepe is to add to his team’s strong banging power with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Unfortunately, so far, it is still a hope. Because Nicolas Pepe still has not met the expectations of fans.
So far, he only has one goal in 17 matches played. The results received by Arsenal are also bad along with barren Nicolas Pepe. Before the draw against Norwich yesterday, Arsenal never won in 7 matches in all competitions, as a result Unai Emery was thrown out of the manager’s chair.
Related to the dismissal of the Spanish manager, Nicolas Pepe is one of the sad players. Because, he felt that Unai Emery had given him the opportunity to mentas in the Arsenal first team.
“It hurts because he is the coach who gave me the opportunity to come to Arsenal. We must not forget that. For me, it is something that hurts,” Pepe told RMC Sport.
Furthermore, the 24-year-old figure also acknowledged that his current performance was still below standard.
“The beginning of my career here is indeed negative. Based on my own expectations, I expect more. Of course I expect better, but it depends on my own hard work. So it feels natural when people give their criticism to me” he said.
Arsenal manager’s chair is now occupied by Freddie Ljunberg who serves as interim coach. Since the sacking of Emery, Nicolas Pepe has rarely played as a starter. He was predicted to be back on the bench in the match against West Ham United later.