Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals plan to get new signing Nicolas Pepe fit to face Newcastle on Sunday – The Sun

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery has revealed his plan to get new signing Nicolas Pepe fit to face Newcastle on Sunday.

The £72million signing from Lille, 24, will train on his own today as he gets up to speed before joining his teammates later this week.

But Emery revealed he will be patient with Pepe, suggesting he could still play in the season opener on Tyneside.

The Arsenal chief revealed: "[Pepe] is training with us for two days only and today we spoke and it was better to be continuing working alone in Colney.

"Tomorrow we are going to do training together with us and I think each day for him and for us is information we can receive on how he can be for the next training and next match.

"But with him I want to be patient and also see every day how he is taking the pieces and the rhythm with us and also to see how we can play with him.

"He is in the same situation as other players who came in the same days.

"For example today with Lucas [Torreira], after a week of training, today was his first minutes.


"After two training sessions I think it is best to keep training."

Meanwhile, Arsenal are bracing themselves for the possibility of being without Alexandre Lacazette for their season opener.

The French forward, 28, missed the 2-1 friendly defeat against Barcelona with an ankle injury sustained last weekend against Lyon.

And Emery added: "Hopefully he could be available for the match against Newcastle.

"The doctors, they are optimistic. We are going to wait.

"The next days are going to be very important to see how he is going to progress with his injury.

"But I am really, really happy with other players also. If he is ready for Sunday, perfect. If he isn't, then for the next.

"We need now to have a very competitive team, with the players ready for the next matches.

"But above all [we must] create a mentality to start strong and find our best performance in the next match."

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