Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg reveals real issue faced by Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg reveals real issue faced by Nicolas Pepe

Last season, Nicolas Pepe was one of the most talked-about players in the whole of Europe as he scored 23 and assisted 12 goals across all competition for Lille.

Most worryingly, Pepe has not been able to get minutes on the pitch and failed to appear in Unai Emery's final four games of his reign.

During Ljungberg's first game as interim head coach, Sunday's 2-2 draw at Norwich City, Pepe looked on as an unused substitute and he last started a top-flight match against Crystal Palace at the end of October.

"Sometimes we come from a different league and it takes time to adapt, off the pitch and on the pitch".

Nketiah's 11 Championship appearances and three league goals for Marcelo Bielsa's side have come from the bench and Ljungberg, who worked in Arsenal's youth setup before stepping up to the first-team coaching staff this season, questioned the benefit of his current predicament.

"Nicolas is any individual I idea on talking to, we're going to bear a microscopic chat about how he feels about things". We are going to talk a little bit about things, how he feels because he is an important footballer.

"But apart from that, that stays with me".

When asked about Ljungberg's arrival, Pepe said: 'As he was a player, he understands us better.

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Pepe says the Swede has made a positive impact on the squad during his short time in charge and hopes to impress him enough to force his way back into the side.

Interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljunberg will take charge of his first game at home when the Gunners host Brighton and Hove Albion at home with the aim of ending their poor run of games without a single win.

"But I'm here on a game to game basis and that's what I'm trying to fix". "That's not my way", he said. But what I prefer to do is that I'm on the football field, but this is part of it.

"I try to be calm and composed and break down the points I think are important".

"It is normal for people to criticise me as much as they are doing because I am not making the difference in each match". I've spoken to them.

"Some external people also trust me a lot". Score more quickly, take the opportunities to score that I've been missing.

"But I've tried to get some information from people who are extremely experienced in how to simplify things and get things done in a clear way in just a few days".

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