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Arsenal manager Arteta has been told to find Nicolas Pepe's best position.

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Mikel Arteta told he's making a tactical mistake with Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal. Arsenal paid a club-record £72million for the Ivory Coast international last summer.

Pepe is Arsenal's all-time most expensive acquisition, a club-record £72million. [Getty]
Pepe is Arsenal's all-time most expensive acquisition, a club-record £72million. [Getty]

Former Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson, says it's still too soon to label Pepe a flop.

Ex-Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson believes Mikel Arteta is yet to find the best position that will suit Nicolas Pépé.

Pepe secured a club-record move from Ligue 1 club Lille to Arsenal last summer but has struggled to find a consistent run of form at the Emirates, leading to pundits criticising the north London club's purchase of the Ivory Coast international.

However, Robson, who spent six years with Arsenal, trusts the winger will eventually overcome his critics once Arteta starts playing the winger in his right position.

"Slightly too early [to call him a flop]," Robson told ESPN. "He hasn't been a great success this season so far. He's had one or two good games, a couple of good free-kicks. I'm not sure they've found the right position for him.

"They've tried him on the right-wing where he spent most of his time in France. Then they tried to play him upfront for a couple of games.

"Yet he's got pace, he can do lots of things. At the moment they haven't got the best out of him, he doesn't look a confident player. So he's a flop at the moment but I think he can get better next year under [Mikel] Arteta."

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