Nicolas Pepe was introduced off the bench in the 2-1 Gunners win over Burnley, and the coach wanted to explain his decision.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has explained why he chose not to start his new signing Nicolas Pepe in the 2-1 win against Burnley.
The player came off from the bench to participate in the match.
“Pepe’s impact is very good. 45 minutes, he’s with us only two weeks and he needs more to be fully fit,” said Emery according to The Mirror.
“Also, I spoke with him yesterday about how he’s feeling every day with us, how he’s feeling before the match, and he’s feeling progressively better but he needs more [time] and I think today 45 minutes for him was perfect.”
He added: “One thing we wanted to improve is to be competitive in each position in the squad. For example, today Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding, and Hector Bellerin are out.”
“We have different options with big performances. When every player is good to play then perfect. But the way is long, the season is long. Different issues and circumstances are coming for each player. We need to be competitive.”
“Last year we lost some points at moments where we didn’t have different possibilities for some matches,” he concluded.
We're back underway – and we made one change at half-time…
Welcome to Emirates Stadium, Nicolas Pepe 👋
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