ARSENAL’S club-record signing Nicolas Pepe has admitted he’s lost his confidence following his shocking performance against Manchester United.
Some Gunners fans have even called for him to be dropped with the player struggling to live up to his hefty £72million price tag following his summer switch from Lille.
The Ivory Coast international bagged 23 goals in 41 games last season for Ligue 1 runners-up Lille.
French-born Pepe was hauled off in the 74th minute at Old Trafford on Monday night after failing to create any chances.
Afterwards he told RMC Sport: “My first few games for Arsenal have not been easy. I have to be honest.
“I have not been as effective as normal in terms of my statistics and strike rate.
“They are not what they were when I played for Lille, or during our game against Liverpool at the start of the season.
“I need my confidence to return. But I am not very concerned.
“People can be concerned about my statistics, but I am not. I need to keep on working as the standard of play is different over here, and the language is different as well.
“It is a new league for me. I need to adapt quickly. But it won’t take me long.”
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Supporters are already growing impatient with the winger, as one fan tweeted: “Pepe is lazy, too much on the ball, sloppy ball pass, wasted corner & free kicks & no vision at all. Drop him forever.”
Another commented: “Pepe needs to up it, I’d drop him and play Reiss next game.”
A third simply stated: “Drop Pepe and play Martinelli.”