Arsenal head coach Arteta has been impressed by Ivory Coast international Pepe.
Mikel Arteta has lauded Nicolas Pepe’s "incredible potential" after the Ivory Coast international helped Arsenal seal a 2-1 win against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Gunners record signing broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the first half of their FA Cup quarter-final victory at Bramall Lane.
The 25-year-old has now registered eight goals and has the same amount of assists in his debut campaign, however, Arteta believes Pepe still has a lot more to offer.
"I am very excited about what he can bring and what he's bringing to the team this season," Arteta, who won the FA Cup twice as a player with Arsenal told the media.
"I think he's made a click. I think he realises what he needs to do as well when we don't have the ball.
"I'm so pleased today. If you see his defensive actions, it's incredible what he was doing and then with the ball he gives us that creativity. He's a player that we need. It's always unpredictable what can happen when he has the ball is at his feet.
"I think [he is going] in the right direction."
He added: "I didn't know him personally but I think he's a player with incredible potential.
"He needs to just be decisive in every game and take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit, he cannot do that and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that because if he's at his best, he's a player that can make a difference for the team.
"He's such a nice boy, always smiling, always positive around everybody. He's a bit of a free spirit but that's good.
"You need all types of characters in the team and now he's showing his commitment to us."