The ex-England defender feels the former Manchester City boss can help the Gunners’ record signing rediscover his form
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta can play a pivotal role in the development of Nicolas Pepe.
However, the 24-year-old winger delivered an encouraging performance in their 2-0 victory against Manchester United on New Year’s Day, scoring the opening goal in the encounter.
Ferdinand feels the Ivorian can develop under the guidance of Arteta, who made a key impact in the improvement of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling and other wingers at Manchester City.
“Massive signing, hasn’t produced, today he looked like a new player,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“That comes from confidence from a manager, showing belief. He’s young, it’s youth, and I think he’s got time to work.
“It’s been well documented how much influence Arteta had on the likes of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling [at Manchester City], young wingers, Pepe falls into that category, can he improve?”
Pepe has made 15 appearances across all competitions since his move to the Emirates Stadium, scoring five goals.