Arteta praises Nicolas Pepe’s mentality and form ahead of Europa League clash

Mikel Arteta rained praises on Nicolas Pepe ahead of Arsenal Europa League clash Against Benfica, on Thursday evening.

The record signing has enjoyed a return to form in recent times, and he showed a glimpse of his big performances in the Europa League group stages where he registered 3 goals and 3 assists.

Speaking ahead of the game Mikel Arteta admitted the players form was improved by rotating the squad ore often in the Europa league

“Yes, the fact that we have the Europa League gave the opportunity to almost everyone in the squad to be fit and available and compete for their place. He’s had some really good matches and scored some important goals as well and I think that has helped him for the Premier League form and the recent form that he’s shown.

“I’ve seen a lot of things, in his mentality, the way he approaches every training session, in his understanding of the game as well. It’s true that he has patches where he’s played more than at other times. He has had the opportunity over the last couple of months that probably every player has been seeking to have but I think overall there is a lot of progress with Nico.”

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