Michael Owen comments on Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe

Michael Owen looks on during the Premier League Asia Trophy 2019 match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at Shanghai Hongkou Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China.

Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

A fan bows to Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal after running onto the pitch the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth  at Emirates Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London,...

Michael Owen has suggested that Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe is failing to meet expectations, as quoted in Football.London.

The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker has been impressed with Arsenal so far this season.

However, Owen has not been too pleased with the displays produced by Pepe, who joined the Gunners from French club Lille in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £72 million.

According to WhoScored, the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has made six starts and two substitute appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal so far this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process.

Pepe has also played 55 minutes in the Europa League for Unai Emery’s side so far this campaign, according to WhoScored.

Football.London quotes Owen as saying about Pepe: “I think that’s the only big worry I think for Arsenal at the moment.

“Things are going pretty well, in the league they are chugging along, in Europe they’re doing fine.

“But [Pepe] was a massive outlay, you’re expecting or almost wanting a guarantee of performance for that type of money. It hasn’t happened yet but we all saw him in France, he’s a terrific player.

“It might take him a little bit of time, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt at the minute.”

Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal and Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth  at Emirates Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, United...

Need for improvement

Pepe is a very good winger and has a strong reputation, but the Ivory Coast international needs to improve and step up his game.

It can take some players to settle into life in the Premier League, and Pepe will come good in the coming weeks and months.

Diego Rico of Bournemouth tackles Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on October 06, 2019 in London, United...

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