Michael Owen names Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal after Standard Liege thrashing

first_imgMichael Owen has named Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen believes Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal is the form of Nicolas Pepe.Ivory Coast international Pepe has endured an underwhelming start to his Arsenal career following a £72million move from Lille in the summer.The 24-year-old has scored just once in nine appearances for the Gunners and admitted this week that his confidence has taken a hit.Pepe was benched for Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege on Thursday and failed to make much of an impact after entering the fray with 24 minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Owen names Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal after Standard Liege thrashing Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal thumped Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)‘Pepe, is he going to get into the team? It’s a massive amount of money they paid for him and it looks like Lille are laughing all the way to the bank on that one.‘It’s still early days and maybe the player will turn it around. But I haven’t really seen anything that I have expected to see.’It was a memorable night for Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates, with the teenage striker scoring two goals and setting up another to give Arsenal victory over Standard Liege.MORE: Gabriel Martinelli sets Arsenal record as Unai Emery’s Gunners thump Standard Liege Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 11:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link440Sharescenter_img Record signing Nicolas Pepe is struggling (Picture: Getty)Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 victory against the Belgian side but Emery will be starting to become concerned by record signing Pepe, according to Premier League legend Owen.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’re talking about a lot of positives for Arsenal but there’s one negative niggling away at the moment and that’s Pepe,’ Owen told BT Sport.‘I was excited by him, I watched him in the French league, he looked a very good player. He started the season, first game he looks as though he had a bag of tricks.‘But he’s just gone off the boil and that’s a huge investment for anybody but it’s a huge investment for Arsenal especially.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 City‘I would have liked to have seen him come on and play really well today against an average team, show his stuff and get a bit of confidence, because that’s a concern I think.’Gunners hero Martin Keown has also been disappointed by Pepe so far this season and says the £72m deal could turn out to be a costly mistake from his former club.‘If you think back to Arsene Wenger he would have never blocked a path of a young player. They are in danger of doing that with Saka,’ Keown said. Comment Advertisementlast_img

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