Arsenal were right to smash their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe, insists Marcelo Bielsa

first_imgArsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille last summer (Picture: Getty)Marcelo Bielsa believes Arsenal were fully justified in smashing their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille.The Ivory Coast international had been coveted by a number of heavyweight European clubs, but Arsenal ultimately won the race to sign the 24-year-old after Raul Sanllehi enlisted super agent Jorge Mendes to help broker a deal.Pepe has made a slow start to his Arsenal career having struggled to adapt to the demands of English football and was warned by his new boss Mikel Arteta that he would have to fight to win his place back in the side.The Spaniard’s pep talk appeared to have the desired effect earlier this week as Pepe produced arguably his best display in an Arsenal shirt to date, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Bielsa, who signed Pepe from Angers when he was in charge of Lille, believes Arsenal have recruited a special talent. Arsenal v Leeds: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:39FullscreenArsenal v Leeds: Mikel Arteta press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Nicolas Pepe reveals what he told Mikel Arteta before Manchester United win and makes top-four claimMORE: Robin van Persie gives advice to Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal’s win against Manchester United Advertisement Marcelo Bielsa signed Nicolas Pepe when he was in charge of Lille (Picture: Getty)‘Pepe is a great player with big resources and is a goalscorer,’ said the Argentine ahead of a possible reunion with his former player with Leeds set to face Arsenal in the FA Cup at the Emirates on Monday evening.‘And he’s a player who is able to unbalance a match. Obvious skills, then you have all of these skills in one player, the value is £72m. It’s just a matter of time and after show those skills.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He has showed them clearly and after the price has linked what he has shown on the pitch.‘One thing is to have the skills, another is to have the skills and show it on the pitch.‘He does both. He has clearly shown his skills and is at club he deserves to be.’Is Nicolas Pepe worth £72m?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Commentcenter_img Arsenal were right to smash their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe, insists Marcelo Bielsa Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 Jan 2020 1:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.4kShareslast_img

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