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Nicolas Pepe admits struggling to adapt at Arsenal

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Nicolas Pepe admits that he has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since moving to Arsenal over the summer.

Nicolas Pepe has admitted that he has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since moving to Arsenal over the summer.

Having scored 22 goals for Lille in Ligue 1 last season, Pepe moved to North London for £72m over the summer, making him Arsenal's most expensive signing of all time.

However, the Ivorian has failed to exert an impact at the Emirates, scoring just one goal from open play in 14 league appearances.

Reflecting on his first few months as an Arsenal player, Pepe told the Evening Standard: "Obviously it has been a little bit difficult to adapt, not only to a new league but to a new country and there is also the language barrier - which can sometimes get in the way of me speaking with my team-mates.

"But I am aiming to improve myself every single day and some aspects I am familiar with. For example, the weather is quite similar to Lille. So not everything is different.

"I tried to not put too much pressure on myself and I am trying to get rid of the pressure around me, which is also why I live with my parents. So in a way it is quite nice that I get to go home and sort of switch off from the outside world and football and spend time with my family. That does help in terms of not feeling too much pressure."

Questions over Pepe arose when interim boss Freddie Ljungberg failed to include him in the starting XI for Arsenal's first pair of league games following Unai Emery's departure.

Despite scoring a penalty against Aston Villa, Pepe's first goal from open play was an impressive curling finish during Arsenal's 3-1 win over West Ham United on Monday.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool33292272254789
2Manchester CityMan City33213981344766
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester CityLeicester34178964323259
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331510856332355
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33131374536952
7Arsenal34121485042850
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs33139115244848
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd33121293433148
10Burnley33137133746-946
11Everton33128134048-844
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle331110123545-1043
13Southampton33134164255-1343
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton33812133544-936
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3387184058-1831
17Watford34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich CityNorwich3456232663-3721
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