Unai Emery reveals his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Barcelona defeat

first_imgArsenal were beaten by Barcelona in their final pre-season friendly (Picture: Getty)Arsenal took the lead at the Nou Camp through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but an own goal from Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a late Luis Suarez strike gave Barcelona victory.Following a season in which Arsenal finished fifth and lost the Europa League final to Chelsea, Emery has bolstered his squad with the signings of Pepe, William Saliba and Daniel Ceballos this summer.Highly-rated defender Saliba will not arrive at the Emirates until next year, however, after being loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 campaign.Arsenal remain interested in signing Kieran Tierney from Celtic before the summer transfer window closes on Thursday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked whether he was keen to sign another defender, Emery said following the Barcelona clash: ‘But it has not changed, our idea and our message.‘Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that. If not, then no.‘We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.‘Only, and only, if we can improve.’MORE: Arsenal fans tell Unai Emery to sell three players after Barcelona defeat Comment Advertisement Pepe trained with his new team-mates last week (Picture: Getty) Unai Emery reveals his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Barcelona defeatcenter_img Unai Emery has revealed his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe ahead of the new Premier League season.Ivory Coast winger Pepe became the Gunners’ most expensive signing in history last week when he completed a £72million move to the Emirates from Lille.The 24-year-old, who scored 35 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances, was left out of the Arsenal squad that was beaten 2-1 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Sunday.Speaking after the defeat, Emery said he would be ‘patient’ with Pepe but intended to work with his new signing throughout the week and utilise him in someway against Newcastle United next week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Tomorrow we are going to train together,’ Emery said. ‘Each day for him [Pepe] and for us is information we can save.‘We hope he can be [available] for this match [against Newcastle next Sunday]. With him, I want to be patient.‘He is in the same situation as the other players who have been coming in the last days. For example, Lucas Torreira, after one week of training today has his first ten minutes.‘With Pepe it’s the same. It’s better to be training and be working with us.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Aug 2019 11:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShareslast_img

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