Freddie Ljungberg says he’s going to have talks with Nicolas Pepe to make it clear what he expects from him as an Arsenal player.
The Ivorian hasn’t yet properly found his feet since his £72m arrival from Lille in the summer, and while acknowledging his quality, the interim head coach says it can take a while for players to come to terms with English football.
The Gunners face Brighton at the Emirates on Thursday night, looking for a first Premier League win in almost two months.
It remains to be seen if Pepe will be involved, but the former Invincible is keen to explain what’s needed from him.
“Nico is someone who is a very, very good player,” he said.
“But sometimes when you come from a different league it takes time to adapt; off the pitch and on the pitch.
“Nico is someone I plan on talking to. I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play.”
Time is an issue though, because the games – like Kyle Walker – come thick and fast at this time of the year, something Freddie is well aware of.
““t would be great if it was a game Saturday to Saturday and we had a few training sessions to keep on working with things,” he said.
“But we do as well as we can – that’s going to be an ongoing thing that we are going to work on, depending on whether I am here for a long time or a short time.
“We have a lot of quality but that’s one thing we need to fix asap.”