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ARSENAL held Man Utd to an unimpressive 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in a match which saw Nicolas Pepe heavily criticised for his display.
But 24 hours later, Gunners fans were far happier as Arsenal old boy Serge Gnabry hit four past Spurs in a 7-2 Bayern Munich win.
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UNAI EMERY is urging Nicolas Pepe to relish the pressure of being Arsenal’s record signing following the forward’s underwhelming start to life in England.
Pepe, 24, has struggled to live up to his £72million price tag since his deadline day move from Lille.
But Emery is certain that, just like former Gunners idols Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, Pepe will be a sensation when he eventually comes to terms with the physical demands of the Premier League.
Pepe scored 23 goals and contributed 12 assists for Lille last season but has just a solitary penalty to show for his eight Arsenal appearances so far.
Yet while he is likely to be taken out of the firing line for tonight’s Europa League clash with Standard Liege, the Ivorian international remains central to Emery’s long-term plans.
Emery claimed: “Pepe is an amazing player and I am sure that he is going to have a big career here, but he needs time.
“For a lot of great Arsenal players, the first month here was not easy, even the first year.
“Every player needs time to adapt when they arrive in England but the process with Pepe is going in the direction we expected.
“He still needs to get his confidence and to understand better with the other players. But his performances are getting better step by step.
“The players are also human beings and they are all working under pressure because we are at a big club with very demanding objectives.
“To be selected for Arsenal is a privilege and the pressure that brings is a positive.
“I don’t think about how much the club has paid for a player or how much is his salary. For me, the money is not relevant and it is not important.
“I was speaking with Pepe and with Dani Ceballos and they say that the intensity of the Premier League has been the biggest change for them.
“The Premier League is the strongest competition in the world. Every match has quality players and physical players.
“So I am going to work with Pepe and with Ceballos to help them with that adaptation.”
MANCHESTER UNITED are watching Martin Odegaard but have rivals for the Real Madrid whizkid.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his fellow Norwegian in the young team he is putting together.
The winger, 20, has impressed on loan at Real Sociedad this season and attracted the attention of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Clubs reckon they can land him for £25million next summer with an offer of regular Premier League football — should Los Blancos opt to cash in.
Odegaard was called up to Norway’s senior squad at 15. He moved to the Bernabeu from Stromsgodset at 16 but had just two senior outings.
ARSENAL'S insufficient bid for Wilfried Zaha was simply a ploy to lure Nicolas Pepe into joining, it has been claimed.
A £72million bid was enough to convince Lille to sell the winger but only after the Gunners had made a number of offers for Crystal Palace star Zaha.
However their plan was clear all along, according to The Athletic, who say Arsenal first contacted Pepe's camp back in February.
With that in mind, the much-criticised bids for Zaha were actually messages to the Ivorian winger that time was running out for him to accept a move to North London.
Arsenal's agreement with Lille sees them pay out the £72m fee over five seasons.
A similar structure was involved in their bid for Zaha – but only amounted to £40m.
UNAI EMERY asked Kieran Tierney not to play for Scotland as he eases his £25million defender back to full fitness.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke wanted to include former Celtic left-back Tierney in his squad for next week’s crucial Euro qualifiers against Russia and San Marino.
But Emery insists it is too soon for Tierney to think about international football after just 75 minutes of action for Arsenal.
Instead the player will continue his rehabilitation from a summer hernia operation against Standard Liege tomorrow after making his Gunners debut against Nottingham Forest last week.
Emery confirmed: “I spoke with Kieran yesterday about playing for his national team because we are still waiting for him to be playing consistently for us.
“He needs more time and confidence after his injury and each step of his comeback is important. And if we are taking precautions with him, it’s important that he doesn’t play for the national team.
“He didn’t play at Manchester United on Monday because he had a small problem. It was not important but we felt it was better for him to stay at the training ground to work and prepare for the next games.
“The game against Liege is a good opportunity for him to show his progress and he is ready to play.”
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