“I think Pepe has come a long way. We know what the club paid for him when he joined and that was obviously an extra pressure but he’s a player who’s had to adapt, it’s a different style,” Mikel Arteta told the Arsenal’s official website.

“He has a really good attitude. We can see improvements in a lot of phases of his game. He’s very settled here, he’s liked by the boys, he’s a really good character to have around and I’m really positive that we’re going to have him for many years and that he can perform at a really high level consistently.”

Nico Pepe managed 8 goals and 10 assists in 45 outings in his debut season in the Premier League.

The former Lille was was inconsistent last campaign as he struggled to break into the first team.

The Ivorian started both league matches on the bench, Willian getting ahead of him but played the full-time as Arsenal came on top against Leicester in Carabao Cup.

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