I’m very happy for Nicolas Pepe – Xhaka

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Granit Xhaka believes things are starting to come together for Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal.

The Swiss midfielder spoke to the media after the Gunners defeated a tough Leicester City side at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Pepe, who was handed a start in the East Midlands with Bukayo Saka rested, caused Leicester problems all afternoon and Xhaka thinks the 25-year-old is getting close to top form.

Xhaka believes that Arsenal fans are beginning to see the best of club-record signing Nicolas Pepe after his impressive performance in Sunday’s win.

Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille for 72 million euros in 2019, but struggled to find his feet in England.

The Ivorian now appears to be turning a corner and hitting the right gears. He came into this game under a lot of pressure to perform. Arteta showed a lot of faith in the winger and he repaid him in style. He has now netted five goals in 18 Premier League appearances for the London side.

“I think every player who comes to the Premier League needs a little bit of time to adapt.

“I think he is now this guy and the player what we wish, what the people wish, and he is doing very good game by game, training by training.

“I am so happy for him. He helped us today with a goal.”

Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz were also on the score sheet as Arsenal fought back to cancel out Youri Tielemans’ early strike and claim three points that moved them up to 10th in the Premier League.

Xhaka concluded by saying the team must keep their focus as the season continues.

“We have to do it game by game now, not for three games, not for four, we have to constantly be like this, with this energy, this team spirit and after I am looking forward to us doing something.”

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