Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgUnai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has hinted Nicolas Pepe is ready to play a more prominent role in Arsenal’s first team ahead of Saturday’s acid test against Liverpool at Anfield.Arsenal shattered their transfer record to sign the Ivory Coast international winger for £72million earlier this month but he has been used sparingly by his new manager thus far.Pepe was brought on as a late substitute in the opening weekend win over Newcastle but played the entire second half in the win over Burnley and showed flashes of his abundant potential.Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat Liverpool last season and slumped to a four-goal defeat the year before, but Emery insists his headline summer purchase is edging closer to full match fitness and would harbour few reservations at throwing him in at the deep end.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Unai Emery insists Nicolas Pepe is nearly ready to make his first Arsenal start (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is, like a person, to help him and his family to feel comfortable here, he said.‘Now he is three weeks into working here with us. He didn’t do the pre-season here but he’s progressively feeling better.‘For example, in the first match, he played 15 minutes in Newcastle, then he played 45 minutes against Burnley.‘I think his individual performances are progressively getting better. For Saturday, he is maybe ready to have more minutes.‘I am going to decide tomorrow, but really his progress has been positive and has been good for the team and for him.‘The most important piece of the adaptation is to help him to feel easy and be comfortable with us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Asensio Admit Snubbing Barcelona Before Signing For Real Madrid

first_img“I’m so proud to play for this club not just because of who they are, but for what they have done for me personally, also I love the fans and they have been fantastic.”Since making his debut for Real, Asensio has gone on the become a prominent member of Zinedine Zidane’s side and also the Spanish national team.Asked about this season’s UEFA Champions League favourites, he added: “Favourites for the Champions League? Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, PSG.”Related Real Madrid youngster, Marco Asensio has admitted snubbing Barcelona’s offer before signing for Real Madrid.The 21-year-old sensation, who joined the Los Blancos from Mallorca in 2014, made his Real debut last year after spending the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons on loan at Mallorca and Espanyol respectively.speaking to Cadena Cope, Asensio said: “There was an option to sign for Barcelona and other teams before I moved to Madrid,”last_img read more