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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has told Nicolas Pepe that he needs to block out the criticism and get on with his work in order to perform to the best of his abilities.
Pepe arrived in the summer after Arsenal chased the Ivorian’s signature for the majority of the transfer window.
Arsenal agreed to pay Lille £72million in instalments over the next five seasons and the north London side had their man.
But since his move, Pepe has only scored twice – both free-kicks – and his general form has been below par.
Arsenal have endured somewhat of a dismal season so far, despite being sixth in the Premier League table.
Unai Emery’s side are eight points adrift of Manchester City in fourth and the Spaniard is under big pressure to get Arsenal back in the Champions League spots.
Henry believes that Pepe needs to start performing to his best, but he’ll only do so once he stops listening to outside noise.
“When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you,” Henry told Yahoo Sport.
“He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.”
“People need to forget about the price tag.
“He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.
“It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play.
“The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French League or any other league, by the way.
“So he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.”
Henry became Arsenal’s record goalscorer while at the club and won the Premier League and FA Cup on multiple occasions during his tenure in north London having moved to England from France, like Pepe.