Former Arsenal star Robert Pires has encouraged fans to be patient with club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe joined the Gunners in a £72m deal back in August and has since featured in each of the north London side's first five Premier League games of the season. In this time, the Ivorian has failed to open his goalscoring account and has managed to register a solitary assist.
The 24-year-old made a staggering 33 goal contributions in 38 Ligue 1 appearances last term for LOSC Lille, but has yet to open his account for Unai Emery's men. However, Pires has urged fans to keep faith with him and patiently wait for him to settle in properly.
“With Lille, he was fantastic. Last season he was one of the best players, he scored 21 or 22 goals,” he told Reuters.
“He’s a great player...