Emery hopeful Pepe will face Newcastle
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."
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