Arsenal’s newcomer talked about the experience of playing in England and how his price tag affects him mentally.
Nicolas Pepe had a dream 2018/19 season at Lille. The youngster conquered France with his combination of speed, quickness, and dribbling, all the while showing some great finishing touches.
Arsenal took notice and wasted no time or money. The Gunners went out of their way to spend €80 million to bring in Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal.
After Arsenal’s rough start of the season, things seem to be stabilizing, and Pepe’s status seems to be rising in the team.
Pepe himself is under a lot of pressure to perform as the sum of money paid for him suggests so.
In an interview with Canal Football Club, Pepe opened up about the pressure, saying:
“It is pleasant and flattering, but it is not me who stumped up that amount. It is flattering, but I am not thinking about that at all. I came to Arsenal because I am ambitious, to win titles, that’s why I came.
“Me, personally, I am dealing with it normally, my brother, my friends, they might go ‘It’s €80m,’ but for me it was normal. For them it is like what the hell, I was at Angers, I played at Orleans and for them to see €80 million, it is crazy for them.”
It doesn’t take a lot to conclude that Pepe is a unique talent with the ball. He already showed glimpses of his talent and skill, but there’s far more to come for the talented Frenchman.
Pepe even scored his first goal after Aubameyang let him shoot a very important penalty against Aston Villa, where Pepe made it 2-2, just for Auba to finish Villa off in a 3-2 win for Arsenal.