Mikel Arteta has changed things for the better at Arsenal-Nicolas Pepe opens up

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Nicolas Pepe says Mikel Arteta’s hands-on approach is starting to get the best out of him following his appointment as Arsenal boss.

Pepe was in and out of the Gunners team during Unai Emery’s spell in charge, but has featured in every match under new boss Arteta.

 Arsenal beat Manchester United on New Year’s Day, which remains the Gunners’ best performance under Arteta to date.

Pepe was on the score sheet in the 2-0 win at the Emirates, and he has praised his manager’s positive influence on the team since taking the reins.

“Things have been going positively so far, we’ve got some good results and have been playing good football,” Pepe told Arsenal’s official website.

“There has certainly been some encouraging signs and we know that we do have quality and we have what it takes to do well on the pitch.

“Mikel Arteta has explained to me what he would like me to do on the pitch and he has shown me videos that have stressed the importance of my positioning. He has told me exactly what he would like me to do to help me progress as a player.

“We want to do well as an attacking force. We want to perform well on the pitch, score goals and get assists. As a team it doesn’t matter who’s getting the goals and who’s getting assists, but the important thing is we are playing well together and getting results.

“It’s great to play with such players [like Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil] and it’s been working rather well. We are good with linking up with each other and we’re capable of playing good football.

“We support one another on the pitch and as an attacking player it’s always great to have someone like Mesut Ozil feeding passes into you so it’s enjoyable.”

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