Nicolas Pepe ‘needs a shake’ says Charlie Nicholas as Arsenal ace urged to ‘want the ball’

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Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe needs to want the ball more if he is to succeed at the club, according to Gunners hero Charlie Nicholas.

Pepe signed for Arsenal in the summer for £72million from Lille after months of rumours about a move to the Premier League.

But the Ivorian’s start to life in the Premier League wasn’t a quick one, as Pepe missed a slew of chances in his first few games for Arsenal.

Against Portuguese side Vitoria on Thursday, however, he got his Arsenal career up and running with two brilliant goals.

Both of his strikes were from free-kicks as Pepe came on with Arsenal 2-1 down in the game before rescuing the north London side and helping them to a late victory.

But Nicholas still believes the winger needs to do more for Arsenal, in particular in regards to being in possession of the ball.

“In attack, Nicolas Pepe needs a shake,” he told Sky Sports.

“He is very talented but he needs to want the ball and get on the ball.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring goals in an ordinary team and Alexandre Lacazette must start.”

Nicholas also spoke about the impact of the reason of the team, including youngster Bukayo Saka.

“I like Bukayo Saka but you need to feed him in at the right time,” he added.

“Ceballos needs to be in behind the front three.

“If you dominate games which you should do against Palace, the middle two and full-backs will be higher up.

“Emery wanted to emulate Liverpool’s style of play, and when those two full-backs are high, you know there is trouble coming.

“Bellerin and Tierney must play higher when they play and that is when the two holding players come in handy and that is how the balance works.”

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