Freddie Ljungberg reveals Nicolas Pepe decision after noticing what he did in training

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Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg says he will hold talks with Nicolas Pepe about his plans for the winger.

The Ivorian has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since arriving from Lille for a club record £72million in the summer.

Pepe was dropped from the starting line-up towards the end of Unai Emery’s tenure, and was again left on the bench as an unused substitute for Ljungberg’s first game in charge against Norwich.

But the Swede explains that he will sit down and discuss how he wants Pepe to play within his system.

“Nicolas is a very, very good player,” said Ljungberg.

“Sometimes we come from a different league and it takes time to adapt, off the pitch and on the pitch.

“Nicolas is someone I plan on talking to, we’re going to have a little chat about how he feels about things.

“He’s an important player. I just think it’s a new country, a new way of playing and I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play.”

“Nicolas is someone I plan on talking to, we’re going to have a little chat about how he feels about things.

“He’s an important player. I just think it’s a new country, a new way of playing and I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play.”

The visit of Brighton on Thursday is Ljungberg’s first home match in charge of Arsenal, and the 42-year-old says he has learnt from the mistakes his side made against Norwich.

“Of course there was a lot of reflection after the game. I’ve watched the game twice and the general feeling is the same from after the game. We started extremely well, playing very well offensively, we have a problem transition-wise so they got shots on target from an 80-yard sprint.

“That’s something we will focus on. Other things, we are getting behind their (Norwich’s) midfield and behind their back line a lot has been backed up by data within the club.

“We have skyrocketed up to one of the top teams in the league for getting into pockets and in behind. So that feels good that my feelings after the game were backed up by the data and of course we will try to keep on doing that.

“I wanted win the game and I’m very disappointed not to win it. If we play the transition game like we did we won’t win any games but that’s something I can coach and try to change.”

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