A former Gunners legend has been very critical of the most expensive rookie in club history.
Nicolas Pépé saw his attitude at Arsenal questioned by Alan Smith, the Ivorian winger accused of appearing “disinterested” after having cost the Gunners an “indecent” sum of 80 million euros.
A transfer record to the Emirates Stadium was broken in the summer of 2019. After seeing Pepe shine in Lille, the London team believed they had acquired a potential superstar by integrating a talented 25-year-old player to their ranks. years. However, this transfer is proving to be a failure for the moment as the Ivorian has all the difficulties to pull out of the game on the side of the Emirates Stadium.
Pepe is far from the only north London player struggling to regain his form, with seasoned Brazilian Willian also falling into that category after arriving in 2020, and Smith admits that collective standards need to improve under Mikel Arteta.
The former Gunners striker told the Evening Standard: “We don’t really know how good Grandpa can get. Bought for an indecent sum (well done, Raul Sanllehi, former Arsenal football manager), winger no ‘has yet to prove that he can reproduce his Lille form in red and white. To go further, you have to ask yourself, looking at the body language, how much the boy wants to be successful. “
“Willian is different. With an excellent record at Chelsea we know he has the ability to influence games,” the ex-England international added. Arsenal staff, meanwhile, expected this. he raises the team, puts them back in the top four. Until now, it was the opposite. But that does not mean that the Brazilian cannot return to a team energized by youth and better results. “
“It can easily happen. Just as talent can inspire, hard work and enthusiasm often turn out to be contagious. If your teammate next door is giving it your all, you tend to follow suit,” concluded Smith.nterested. ”
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