Pepe credits Emery for his quick Arsenal integration

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Nicolas Pepe says Unai Emery’s knowledge of French has helped him settle quickly at Arsenal but his next task is to learn English as soon as possible.

Despite a limited pre-season, the £72 million summer signing from Lille has already featured off the bench against both Newcastle United and Burnley and could well get his first start against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Explaining the rapport he’s building with the coach, Pepe told Arsenal.com: “It’s been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate.

“I am new, the strategy and tactics are new and it really helps that I can get the coach’s assistance. Now I need to learn English and this is something he is helping me with also.”

Pepe also reiterated why he opted to move to down-in-the-dumps-Europa-League-playing-Arsenal when other clubs were also knocking on his door.

It turns out the Ivorian is eager to make his mark in London by restoring the club to Europe’s top table; the Champions League.

“I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition,” he explained.

“They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical.

“I am attracted to the Premier League because it is an extremely intense championship and the best league in the world. The idea is to win the Europa League and that is a goal of ours. It’s a European event and our goal is to do better than last season. I believe we will.”

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LEFT08
LEFT08

Emery helping him with his English is a bit of a worry though…

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I wonder if his French is as good as his English

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

At least he can say “bonsoir”

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Bonnet de douche, bonnet de douche.

78/79/80
78/79/80

mange tout Rodney, mange tout

rosicky01
rosicky01

and ‘cava’

Uhtred
Uhtred

Good ebening

Dan nichols
Dan nichols

Sky sports : Pepe how are you settling in to the premier league? Pepe: israeli importante to have attacking and defending in a competitive way and be protagonist…..errr…Full ham!

momozemio
momozemio

Actually his french was a bit better than his english (which make sense with common language roots)… and he was saying “bonne soir” 😉

PGunner
PGunner

Can’t wait for Sat, feel we’ve got a result in us, come on you fucking gunners!!!

Richie
Richie

We should bring back Ray Parlour, Paul Merson, and Ian Wright to be his English teachers.

Xzibit
Xzibit

Emery’s teaching English now?

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

This is one process between the coach and the player.

goonero
goonero

We are going in our way, working with our capacity to impose our ideas

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

With personality. Good ebening.

Wilshere's Middle Finger
Wilshere's Middle Finger

Good ebening. Pepe is a player with big, big personality and performance. One that he can help us with his performance, like other players. We need a full team to follow our process and to work hard to win our aim for this seasons.

PeteyB
PeteyB

@Kolkata_Gooner. A little mean to pick on a man who can’t tell the difference between V and B. Seems to be a nearly daily battle in India!! 😉

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

So brave of u to be acting all smart on arseblog hidin behing a username. You a f**kin dummy

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

No you a f**kin dum dum.

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

hey i forgot to @PeteyB. Called him a dummy
not u lol

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Not picking on him mate. I appreciate what he does, speaking in a language other than his mother tongue. And its actually nice to hear him speak, his unique way of saying things, etc. Much nicer than listening to Harry Kane, who is supposed to be a native speaker. 🙂

A Different George
A Different George

We need moments in English and also in French, and the balancing of the moments is something that also we have in our moments.

BINBIN
BINBIN

“GOOD EBENING” in an accent I imagine will be much like Kolo Toure’s is an arousing thought

ty1
ty1

he’s french born so unlikely to sound much like kolo

Parlour’s Pay Packer
Parlour’s Pay Packer

Sounds like a man saying he wants to start vs Liverpool to me! Hope he goes full Arshavin on them.

LEFT08
LEFT08

I’ll be happy if our defense doesn’t go full Stepanovs.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Is that actually worse than when it’s ¼ Mustafi?

78/79/80
78/79/80

you didn’t see the 8v1 at OT then?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I didn’t. I do seem to remember a pretty horrible 8-2 though.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I hope he does start! (nothing to do with my FPL team of course) 🙂

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Served with a side of Julio Baptista.

Reality check
Reality check

Gud evneeing, how can I nutmeg you..

Goonereality
Goonereality

He’s certainly enthusiastic, isn’t he. Very encouraging. Then there’s the added bonus of Emery teaching him English. How can he fail to make himself off the pitch understood and on it? Of course, gestures can help in the interim and I’m sure he’ll know a few of them…

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

In French

Sue

Surely someone else could teach him English?! I can’t understand Unai at the best of times!! Although be funny listening to Pepe pronounce his h’s 😄

Moscool
Moscool

That’s one thing the French and Spanish ‘ave in common: silent aitches

Ealing
Ealing

And Italians

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

An’ Norf Lunderners

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Sue, he said Emery was helping him with it. Probably just recommended a teacher hopefully? 🙂

Sue

Well, we’ll find out when we hear him being interviewed, Paul 😄

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Haha

Okenna
Okenna

Wow, is Emery his English teacher?

wojerwabbit
wojerwabbit

We cahyn ply together with a big commitment in big moments etc etc.

SB Still
SB Still

Off topic:
Maybe we should try and pay for Ceballos permanent transfer now. Looks like the price will only go up. Also, it can fund the transfer of Pogba to Real.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

We can’t sign anybody at the moment, our window is over

January works for me though

SB Still
SB Still

He is registered as our player for the season anyway.

Agree the terms with Madrid (and Ceballos) and ratify with the respective League in the Jan transfer window.

Gunner142
Gunner142

Signing a player based on one match performance is not how a successful club run its business. For example bayern played james and never signed him as they were aware that the player might not suit their style on long terms. So we should be patient too. Its not that he will become from now a 40-50m become a 80m player after playing in loan. So it is better to wait and pay a few bucks than letting a player get on his comfort zone after a single performance. Lets wait and see how he performs against the rest of the top 6.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

True but he doesn’t strike me as a comfort zone type of guy

Goonereality
Goonereality

Absolutely. It’s the same really with all our new signings and with the new look team as a whole. Two games against “preferred” opposition tells us very little. The next two games should be a little more revealing, but I don’t think we’ll get a real picture until Christmas or New Year.

SB Still
SB Still

Not preferred opposition, Burnley are the Orcs of this league (except for the Orcs from Stoke themselves who are not currently in the PL).

Ceballos is one of the hot talents around, it’s a Q of if and how long he’ll take to adopt to the PL. The best test for that is against Burnley. It doesn’t mean that we have the Cazorla in his prime but possibly a young version of Carzola, given the time, after an up an down season (and more), he’ll be a pillar.

The only problem is, Ceballos price is going to go up by the end of the season.

A Different George
A Different George

I think this is a non-issue. Ceballos is not a diamond in the rough who needs to prove his quality–he is one of the most highly sought young players in the world. If Zidane wants him back (and they apparently have a poor personal relationship) then he will be Modric’s long-term successor at Madrid. If Zidane wants him sold, then the price will be sky-high, with lots of bidders–and remember, unlike players like Neymar, James, Bale, Sami Khedira, and Ozil, he is not (yet) on impossible wages.

SB Still
SB Still

We signed Tierney in the same widow, who is out injured and we have paid most of the money upfront for him. We have taken a significant risk.

In terms of the value, at the end of the season if we are keen (even desperate) to buy i.e. he has really played well, then I think his price is going to inflate from whatever his value his currently + a big increase (potentially £ 50M to £ 80M). Its not just based on individual player performance that the price goes up, there is hardly any other market where the value inflates as crazily as in football. What looked like astronomical value now looks cheap – C. Ronaldo to Real for £ 80M. Coutinho, Dembelle all costing around £ 150M, almost doubled by the Neymar transfer, in one transfer window and not just by those individual players ability going through the roof.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If he carries on as he started we’ll be looking at a massive asking price, and we’ll have a ton of competition from elsewhere if we want to make a bid for him. We have no options on him with this loan, so the only way we’d have any chance of getting him is if he loves playing for us so much that he decides to walk away from one of the biggest teams in the world to join us. In reality I think he probably sees this season as a better way to get noticed by his own club than if he had stayed there and had limited game time. That is, of course, exactly why we send our own players out on loan.

Goonereality
Goonereality

You’re right that we face a Catch 22 over Ceballos. The better he plays, the more unlikely it is that we’ll be able to afford him – even if Madrid were up for selling him next Summer.

Ceballos said earlier, in the Spanish press, that his aim is to return to La Liga and get into the first team. Madrid have certainly not indicated that he’ll be for sale. That said, President Perez is a wiley old fox in the transfer market and he’ll maximize any selling opportunity should it arise. Others, with deeper pockets, will be monitoring Ceballos closely this season.

Kaleja
Kaleja

Personally I don’t care if the price goes up as long as he plays good week in week out imagine him having a double digits in goals and assists and we are finally back in Champions League, it won’t matter if Madrid decided to overprice him because the loan fee we spent will be well spent regardless of the outcome in the future.

So if the season is over over and he goes back to his parent club I wouldn’t have anything thing to moan about but enjoy that finally we got a loan player actually contribute something, because don’t kid yourself we I have seen some very awful loan in my time as a fan, from Julio Baptista, Kim Kallstrom to recently Denis Suarez.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, but it’s annoying for fans that want to keep him here, but know he very probably won’t stay. Ultimately though if he plays a blinder for us this season and in doing so helps to get us into the CL then it’s mission accomplished, even if he’s back to La Liga.

You’re certainly right about loans generally – I can’t think of one that’s proved to be a success (but I’m sure that there is – well, fairly sure).

Kaleja
Kaleja

True that.

Laca New Signing
Laca New Signing

Yosi Benayoun?

Kaleja
Kaleja

Really.!? Nope.! Getting a player in his 30s on loan not a very good idea.

goonerink

TH14 vs leeds

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Don’t you go running Kim Kallstrom down. He helped us reach the final of the FA Cup that we then went on to win in 2014, he ALWAYS had a smile on his face when he played (4 times) for us, and he thinks that 15 minutes in the FA Cup semi-final was the best 15 minutes of his career. I liked him.

Moscool
Moscool

“Now I need to learn English and this is something he is helping me with also.”

Goode Ebeneeeeg

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

I recommend you to watch the Peaky fookin’ Blinders mate..
I’ve been watching it meself since the coach said he watches it. And it’s and absolute masterpiece. Like I was Thomas Shelby himself… fixing races and stuff. Made me a rich man but with government pinning me down like their own pawn, but I own them now, you see. OBE and all…

Nah… I can’t do Rambling Pete.

myrtle
myrtle

Stick to the day job brother

Johnny mason
Johnny mason

Merci after on hold till he scores against spurs

Jarghs
Jarghs

Unai’s English kicks the arse out of my Spanish ( and French for that matter) so you won’t catch me criticising

bob
bob

Looking forward to Pepe nutmegging van Dijk, then curling it past Alisson, and turning around calmly with a smile *Good Ebening* before his team mates mobbing him (and Ceballos getting whacked on the nose again in the celebrations).

Seriously though, with our front line and the likelihood the game will be an open one, I hope Emery picks an ambitious lineup because we may well be rewarded for it! 🙂

Sue

It’ll be Adrian in goal, won’t it? So he could always shout Adrian – Rocky style 😁

Kaleja
Kaleja

I kinda get the whole idea of Emery teaching Pepe English because as a foreigner it’s real hard learning from say someone with an English or Scottish accent, Say Tierney is teaching Pepe English I think many of the content with Lost in transition.

Tierney would be like “Comeon Mate I said ball”
Pepe would be like “Sorry Hole”.

So as a Fan From Tanzania where English is like my third language it is easier to understand when someone like Mourinho talk than say someone like Gerrard or Harry Kane.

Onto the game, the sooner he gets into the starting line up the better, because usual the only way to win against Liverpool is to outscore them. Remember last season first game? Only if we could have taken our chances instead we ended up chasing for a point. So in order to win or a point on Saturday we really need to our guns to be firing, I mean literally shooting at any chance, with Adrian as their goalie you never know a goal or Four might do it

goonerink

Id argue our midfield is more suited to the task too.
we got to the final in the EL last season, and was a point off top 4.
we 100% have a better squad this season, and our closest rival whom beat us to European glory, lost its; manager, star player, ability to strengthen , and a key defender to us.

its a long way up when city and pool are running away with the league ala last season, but were currently 2nd, with them top and on a record-equalling run.
if we win at anfield we will make everyone look our way as if we are back.

Chris O.
Chris O.

So they’re curled up together on the sofa every ebening watching the Peaky Blinders?

Santori
Santori

Interesting tactics collum today as per usual.

I think in as much that we may describe certain deficiencies in formation set ups, we must not be too narrow (no pun) in mindset either and discount for :

1) inexperience in younger players
2) inexperience in new players with others

I don’t think 4-2-3-1 necessarily exposes our fullbacks anymore than 4-3-3 lacks width or 3-4-1-2 (which we adopted at the end is necessarily more water tight in the middle if we don’t prevent crosses coming into a vulnerable set of Cbacks in terms of aerial dominance.

These are intangibles that will have to work themselves out over time with more games but hopefully quicker without too much chop and change.

As I spoke after first match, I prefer a bit more stability in certain areas of the pitch (chiefly at Cback) simply to generate the level of intuitive understanding between that partnership.

BUT we look like we have a workable threat higher up with Auba-Laca-Pepe which will take a bit of continued play to develop some fluency and for them to understand (particularly) Pepe movement and intentions of their teammates.

We saw that first game with Pepe putting a couple of ghost passes to AMN anticipating him to be in a different position.

This is what I meant when I also mentioned we may have let Iwobi go too early bc he has demonstrably last season a very good intuitive understanding with kolasinac on left side which Nelson will now have to develop (and he will but it will take time)

No surprise last season most of our threat emanated from the left. This season we look to be more balance which makes us less predictable.

Similarly in midfield, we have 3 very exciting young and mobile midfielders now as an option to play a different style in the engine room truly rotating between roles in the middle creating triangles to circumvent and work out of defense.

Cebellos who also had issues finding his feet first game has bedded in incredibly quickly which is all the pity we can’t have had an option for a permanent clause worked into this arrangement.

BUT his all action style ala Ramsey plus quick feet ala some of Santi added to good set piece and long range passing ability has really help move us much quicker and caught opponents before they can fully organize and drop into their shell. In some ways, both Nelson and Pepe’s speed on the flanks is also design to do this or a combination of Pepe and Auba when we want to play 3-4-1-2 at the end to sit deeper and catch them on the break.

So I don’t see the formations in their own as necessarily the issue with width or narrowness or limitations more at this point the level of u=intuition that is and will develop between players.

As and when this is more comfortable, there will be more efficient use of wide space IMO.

It certainly is very refreshing the level of energy and speed midfield worked at last game.

Balance between caution and attack was also better.

But this has to be then sustained over 90minutes. And replicated week in week out so that won’t be easy and rotation will need to have to happen in this area.

The other thing I was impress with Cebellos was his use of sort spaces to circumvent the opponents. This is something the team as a whole needs to pick up. Movement immediately after a pass just forward to receive and move the ball forward was encouraging. It isn’t the most difficult move to make but often in past somewhat lazily neglected.

Hopefully if anything, our short affair with Cebellos will bring about some changes in the way we move in midfield and across the pitch. If anything it certainly plays better to how Unai wants to move the ball around quicker.As much as we may berate the player on the ball with a poor pass, he needs targets and options ahead of him.

Santori
Santori

Seen him in a 4-3-3 interchanging front line, and a 3-4-1-2 set up to absorb and hit on the counter with two strikers working to pull defenders apart.

Pepe showed flashes of brilliance and good maturity picking out passes or holding for us (something we have been lacking and now addressed by his and Cebellos inclusion albeit we’ve then lost iwobi, Nelson not withstanding)

Very encouraging asset to have.

I think the fundamental difference between him and maybe cheaper but equally good flank options in Ziyech or Fekir is he may be able (with his height) to develop a role higher up and in the middle.

This particularly if Laca or Auba come prey to attention of other clubs next summer.

But this season, we have a very exciting front 3 along with Nelson in more traditional 4-2-3-1. Martinelli will also have some feature one suspects and looks useful with ball retention.

We will need all options on the table.

Santori
Santori

The other thing I noticed in tactics collum today (always an interesting read …what happened to Anan?) was this allusion that we have suddenly developed a new long deep passing range from the back.

We have always done this.

Granit is important for this reason and Mustafi also fed balls out from the back, as per usual some were very good but not noticed since people had an agenda to only point out his weaknesses.

The difference is we never showed enough for the ball or had players able to retain the ball better.

With the 4-3-3 this season, we have the width to receive the ball and players like Pepe, Nelson protect the ball better when receiving where as you have to play the ball differently to Auba for him to retain it.

This is nothing new in terms of a tactic to circumvent high press. The difference as mentioned is we have the ability to take advantage of it better now.

Dennis Elbow
Dennis Elbow

Unai helping Pepe with his English!
Hopefully Arsenal will release a dvd!😄😄

Marc
Marc

Down in the dumps?

Dale
Dale

Unai is teaching Nicolas English!!! Oh dear 🤢