This is what Mikel Arteta said about Nicholas Pepe’s chance at making the first 11

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Nicholas Pepe cost Arsenal 72 million and it is shocking to see him sit on the bench time after time. According to Mikel Arteta, this is what he has noticed about Pepe and this will be his way back into getting good minutes.

Mikel Arteta: “Nicolas Pepe seems different now. His attitude, his smile, the way he is communicating with everybody, his energy. The way he has trained. His efficiency in training, his application”. #AFC

“I don’t know what it is. I think he felt important again”.

Nicholas Pepe Stats

Nicholas Pepe hasn’t played a lot of games this season. So far featured in only 10 games this 2022 season and mainly as a substitute. Pepe’s 2022 stats so far stand at 10 games, 0 goals, and 2 assists. Also, he played 3 EFL games and recorded 2 goals and 4 assists.

Nichola Pepe is a dad, he has a son and his wife is pregnant again. Pepe used to hide his family before but now, he is sharing them more on his Instagram handle. He is Nicholas Pepe’s Instagram handle ( https://www.instagram.com/nicolas.pepe19/ ) for those who want to follow him and know about his personal life.

Pepe is still a professional player despite not having enough playing time, he joined Arsenal from Lille and he is focused on being a good husband to his wife Fanny B while waiting for his chance to join the first 11 again.

A little reminder about Nicholas Pepe’s contract with the Gunners. Pepe penned a 5 year / £36,400,000 contract with the Arsenal F.C in 2021, and he will earn an annual average salary of £7,280,000. His base salary sits at £7,280,000 and he makes £140,000 per week in wages. Pepe has about 2 years left on his contract which expires in 2023/2024.

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Here is more of what Mikel Arteta said about Nicholas Pepe, ‘Since he has come back from AFCON I think I have seen a different Nico as well,’ said Arteta.

‘I don’t know what it is, probably he has realized the importance of the end of the season for him. He had a brilliant end of the season last year. He can replicate that.

‘We need him at his best because everybody is going to contribute. We are a really short squad at the moment and we need it hopefully he has understood that we want to play him.

‘I don’t want to have a player like him sitting on the bench and not using him and the moment I have chances, I want to give him a chance.”

Asked specifically what is different about Pepe now, Arteta said: ‘His attitude, his smile, the way he is communicating with everybody, his energy.

‘The way he has trained. His efficiency in training, his application. His energy has changed. I don’t know what it is. I think he felt important again.

‘Probably he felt like a proper football player that can win tournaments and felt: ‘Ok, this is me now’. And he needed that and I’m really pleased with that.’

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