Patrice Evra tells Nicolas Pepe to ‘build massive body’ in the gym after slow Arsenal start

first_imgNicolas Pepe missed a sitter in Arsenal’s defeat at Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Patrice Evra has told Arsenal new boy Nicolas Pepe to ‘build a massive body’ in the gym in order to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.Pepe, 24, has struggled to live up to expectations following his club-record £72million move from Lille to Arsenal, scoring just one goal from the penalty spot in the side’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa last month.Against Sheffield United on Monday evening, Pepe started a flowing counter-attack to create a golden chance for himself, but the Ivorian scuffed his effort wide from six yards out.Lys Mousset then found the net with a scrappy close-range strike to condemn Arsenal to another away defeat. The north London club are now without a win in their last four games on the road.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Evra hopes supporters are patient with summer signing Pepe (Picture: Sky Sports)Speaking ahead of the match, Manchester United legend Evra pleaded with Arsenal fans to be patient with Pepe as he adapts to English football.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe also urged Pepe to give himself the best possible chance of succeeding in the Premier League by transforming his physique.‘I think the big price tag doesn’t help, big pressure,’ Evra said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.‘Some fans don’t understand. It doesn’t mean if you’re bought for £70-100million that you will score 30 goals. Emery insists Pepe is ‘improving’ after a slow start at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emery added: ‘We had more possession, more chances, more shots and for example, Pepe is improving and I think Pepe’s way with us is little-by-little getting better.‘The next step is to score. Tonight for example, the best chance is one he is usually going to score but tonight he didn’t take that with efficiency.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He also had two shots that were very important. I think he is improving and taking confidence with us. But it is one process.’MORE: Real Madrid want £30m for Dani Ceballos after Arsenal propose £26m transfer Patrice Evra tells Nicolas Pepe to ‘build massive body’ in the gym after slow Arsenal startcenter_img Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo 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 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United 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.Unai Emery admitted Pepe’s missed chance was a ‘key’ moment in Arsenal’s defeat at Bramall Park.‘The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team,’ the Spaniard said.‘Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.‘Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chance.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Advertisement Mousset scored the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)‘[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang did but he played for many years and scored many goals so you have to give time to Pepe. I believe in this player.‘I think he just needs to realise that the Premier League is completely different to the French league.‘You should be stronger so maybe he should go in the gym and build a massive body and you will see because he is talented.‘The problem is that he’s under pressure. I want to see if now mentally he will be strong enough.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEvra revealed that even Paul Scholes questioned his credentials when he first arrived at Old Trafford, but he managed to prove his doubters wrong through hard work.‘I came to Manchester and in my first six months even Scholesy says he thinks I was a joker and we should sell him back to Monaco!’ Evra said.‘But those things help me, they make me stronger. When me and [Nemanja] Vidic were substituted in a reserve game, some people were saying we were poor.‘After that we proved them wrong. Why? Because I worked hard in the summer and became the player I was.’last_img read more