Unai Emery explains why he benched Nicolas Pepe again for Arsenal’s clash with Burnley

first_imgThe club-record £72million signing is being integrated into the side slowly (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says Nicolas Pepe still isn’t quite up to speed with the rest of the Arsenal team but was happy with his performance off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley.The club-record £72million signing from Lille is yet to start a match for the Gunners, playing 19 minutes last weekend at Newcastle before coming on at half-time against Burnley a week later.Emery is in no rush to play Pepe despite the enormous outlay and is prepared to give him time to adjust to his new team, and was happy with his latest cameo at the Emirates. Emery’s priority over the summer was increasing the competition for places (Picture: Getty)‘We have different options with big performances. When every player is good to play then perfect. But the way is long, the season is long. Different issues and circumstances are coming for each player. We need to be competitive.‘Last year we lost some points at moments where we didn’t have different possibilities for some matches. This year I prefer to have important players on the bench with the possibility to have good impact after. The team is going to be more competitive, that’s always my idea.’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 Advertisement Unai Emery explains why he benched Nicolas Pepe again for Arsenal’s clash with Burnley Arsenal’s record signing made his first outing at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘Pepe’s impact is very good. 45 minutes, he’s with us only two weeks and he needs more to be fully fit,’ said Emery about the Ivory Coast international at his post-match press conference.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Also, I spoke with him yesterday about how he’s feeling every day with us, how he’s feeling before the match, and he’s feeling progressively better but he needs more [time] and I think today 45 minutes for him was perfect.’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 CityEmery made three changes to his side, with Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette all coming in and impressing, and the Spanish coach believes the depth of his squad will be key this season.He continued: ‘One thing we wanted to improve is to be competitive in each position in the squad. For example today Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are out.center_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisementlast_img

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