Arsenal’s new boss Mikel Arteta has backed the club record signing Nicolas Pepe to lift his potentials and encourage him to be the club best player after seeing some of his qualities and abilities.

“I think, obviously, it was a big change to come from France to here,” Arteta told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.”As well, he found a team that, in the moment he wasn’t performing at his best, the environment for him to settle wasn’t ideal, so it’s not only about him.

We’re here to help him. If he’s willing to learn, to work hard, I assure you he has the potential be top, absolutely top.”He showed in two or three actions [in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on December 26] how good he can be, but he has to be consistent.”

Arsenal will be hosting Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United are Arsenal’s visitors on New Year’s Day. The Gunners then face Leeds United in the FA Cup on January 6 at Emirates Stadium.

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