Unai Emery tried to sign Fabinho while at PSG and then at Arsenal before the Brazilian signed for Liverpool.
Fabinho was an integral player for the Monaco side that pipped Emery’s PSG team to the Ligue 1 title back in 2017.
Emery admits he wanted the player when he was in Paris and then again when he arrived in North London.
Arsenal spent big on Nicolas Pepe this summer, and the Frenchman has struggled for form.
However, in an interview reported by Sky Sports, Enery compared his new striker to Fabinho and that he will eventually come good.
“We spent money with Pepe, but Pepe needs time to adapt to the Premier League.”
“For example, in France I loved a lot Fabinho. He was in Monaco and I wanted to sign him for Paris Saint-Germain.”
“When I arrived here, also his name was on the table to achieve to sign him, but he signed for Liverpool.”
“The first six months he didn’t play, it was an adaptation.”
“But now he is amazing and I want the same with (Dani) Ceballos, with Pepe.”
“We need patience, but Pepe is improving.”
“On Monday, the key to win was with him. If he scores the first goal, it’s different.”
“But it’s one process and I believe in him and I know we need time and patience. The supporters have patience, some more than others.”
While there is the talk of discontent and pressure in the Spanish manager, he is confident everything will fall in to place in good time.
“We have time and we have very young players, who we are giving confidence and minutes in the Premier League to adapt to the rhythm we want.”
“We are getting there but we can do better. I know we need to win, we need to achieve our targets.”