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Ian Wright gives reason for Nicolas Pepe’s recent improved form



Nicolas Pepe

Former Arsenal great Ian Wright attributes the resurgence of Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe to a multitude of factors, including his better work pace and confidence.

After struggling to bounce back at the Emirates following his club-record signing of £72 million from Lille in 2019, Pepe has started producing more consistent performances over the past month.

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The Ivory Coast international has found the back of the net three times in his last six Premier League games, including an impressive display with a goal  in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Leicester.

Wright revealed that  Pepe’s sending off against Leeds in November was the turning point in the 25-year-old’s season.

“Since the red card, he’s worked a lot harder,’ Wright told Optus Sport.

“He’s got a lot more confidence, it is like the manager has said, ‘get on the ball, and do your stuff’.

“He’s taking people on, working harder and then when he gets the ball, he’s being a lot more positive.

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Pepe has found the back of the net three times in his last six Premier League games (Photo by Getty Images)

“He seems to have a certain amount of confidence, which I didn’t see earlier in the season.

“His value is nothing to do with him, you use him how he wants to be used. Him and Cedric have got a really good thing going, back him up.”

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Arsenal boss Arteta praised the performance of the winger following the victory over Leicester City.

“Nicolas Pepe has been really consistent. This is what we want from him. He creates chances. I’m really pleased with him and all the senior players.

“It’s unacceptable the position we are in. We have to improve this dramatically. The only way we can do that is to win games.”