Unai 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 Advertisement
The Indigenous Heritage Games are more than just playing sports, they are an opportunity for Indigenous athletes to make their mark and represent Guyana. So, said Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe at the opening of the Indigenous Heritage Games at Everest Sports Ground. Six hundred athletes from Indigenous villages countrywide will be participating in cricket, volleyball, football, swimming and archery over the next three days.The minister highlighted that due to the heritage games last year, a number of Indigenous athletes are now representing Guyana in football including Ronaldo Rodrigues, Wayne DaSilva, Franklin Peters, Naomi Aaron and Shemika Atkinson.“Heritage games is not just you coming to Georgetown and playing a game; it is you having an opportunity to be chosen to represent Guyana at the national level in the different disciplines,” the minister stated.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock echoed similar sentiments, adding that the games called upon the athletes to display discipline.“The games, our celebration, is not only a wild thing; it is about looking for the opportunity of getting better in every area of sport so that we can have something to celebrate as a nation,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Aside from having Indigenous peoples on Guyana’s national teams, Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton would like them to push themselves a bit further and aim for the world stage. That is, competing at the World Indigenous Games – a multisport event, which involves over 2,000 athletes from over 30 different countries.The first day’s events will see strictly football action. The following day archery, volleyball, cricket will be ongoing at the Everest Sports Ground while swimming competitions take place at the National Aquatic Centre. All of the events start at 09:00hrs.