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.”