Nicolas Pepe is yet to make an impact at Arsenal and Unai Emery thinks it is high time the Ivorian stepped up to the big game.
The winger needs to quickly adapt to the rigours of the Premier League according to Emery.
The Ivory Coast International who moved to the North London club from Lille in a record £72 million deal, has made three starts in his six Gunners appearances so far but only has one assist to show for his performances.
The French gaffer however insists that Pepe needed more time to adapt to the game. He then asks the African star to show the stuff he’s made of when they take on Aston Villa.
“He needs more adaptation,” the former PSG boss said in his pre-match press conference.
“He is playing good but progressively we know there is going to be more performance in him to help us and I want to do now quickly the last step in the adaptation for us, for example, against Aston Villa.
‘We are working with him first for that adaptation.
“After the training now we are watching individual videos with him, also to push him to achieve the details tactically we need for him because he is playing well but also we need in our organisation to be strong with every player to improve a lot.”
Pepe starred for Lille last term, scoring 22 goals that was only bettered by Kylian Mbappe while he chipped in 11 assists.
Arsenal will be hopeful of putting up a better performance against Aston Villa after throwing away a two goal lead over Watford.
The Gunners currently sit in 10th position but could move to 4th position if the results of other clubs go their way.
Following the encounter with Villa, they are poised to play Manchester United.