Kevin Campbell said the Highbury Squad podcast that Nicolas Pepe’s turn in form for Arsenal is due to him doing “extra” work in training.
The 25-year-old has been one of the most notable performers in the final months of the season, as Arsenal fans will be asking where this form has been for most of the campaign as they have completed the season. season 2020/21 without any European football.
It was Pepe’s second season in the England top flight, and after his questionable first campaign the pressure was on the Arsenal speedster’s shoulders.
And although he took the time to add consistency to his game, Campbell now believes Arsenal are seeing the best of their left-footed trickster.
“People keep saying he’s never played (before),” Campbell said. “He played but he wasn’t at the races.
“Until he realizes that I’m going to do the most on the training ground. Once he got that in his head, everything started to change and things started to click for him.
“He started scoring more goals and looking more dangerous. He could be that guy in Europe, but he wasn’t that guy in the Premier League.
“Then all of a sudden he puts in extra work, he’s luckier, he starts to get smarter, he starts to understand the game better and now when you look at him we didn’t want the season end.”
The key for Pepe now is that he has to start the new Premier League season in August, just like he finished it recently.
If he doesn’t, the knives will be out and Arsenal fans will wonder if the money spent on his talents was worth it.
In truth, Arsenal players need to get off to a good start as a whole, because if they don’t, a Mikel Arteta could just lose his job.
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