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Emery hopeful Pepe will face Newcastle

6th August 2019, 09:35 by Gareth Freeman

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is hopeful record buy Nicolas Pepe will be involved against Newcastle but he won't rush the forward.

The Gunners forked out a reported £72million to snare the Ivory Coast international from Ligue 1 club Lille last week.

Pepe missed Sunday's 2-1 friendly defeat to Barcelona as he had only just joined Arsenal, while he competed in the African Cup of Nations earlier in the summer.

Emery is optimistic the 24-year-old will be able to take to the pitch in Arsenal's Premier League opener at Newcastle on Sunday but at this stage he remains unsure if Pepe will be involved.

"[Pepe] has been training with us for two days and we thought it was better to continue training alone [rather than play against Barcelona]," said Emery.

"[On Monday] we are going to have one training session together. Each day for him and for us is information we can save. We hope he can be available for this match [against Newcastle].

"With him, I want to be patient. He's in the same situation as the other players who have been coming in the last few days. For example, Lucas [Torreira], after one week training, had his first 10 minutes.

"With Pepe, it's the same. After training twice, I think it's better to be training, to be working with us, without playing the match."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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