Why I joined Arsenal, by Nicolas Pepe

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Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal shoots the ball under the pressure from Ben Mee of Burnley during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

It was a contrasting run for Pepe in the 2018-19 campaign after helping Lille qualify for the Champions League with 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1.

"I chose to come here because it's a club with a lot of ambition", Pepe added. But I think the best [way] is to go and play our style of game.

Even though the Gunners will be facing one of the most lethal frontlines in the Premier League, the former Dortmund man told the Evening Standard that he and his teammates may find it more comfortable to defend against Liverpool's less bruising style.

Emery, who will also make a decision on Friday over the availability of Mesut Ozil (illness) and Granit Xhaka (leg), has led Arsenal to two opening league wins for the first time in a decade.

I struggle to get on board with the attitude that a defeat is ok as long as we try.

Emery recognised midway through last season that Arsenal simply had to put their two best attackers on the teamsheet and build the rest from there.

Unai Emery has hinted record-signing Nicolas Pepe could be handed his first Arsenal start at Liverpool on Saturday.

"They caught players offside more than anyone in the Premier League this season".

"It's been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate".

"I'm new, the strategy and tactics are new and it really helps that I can get the coach's assistance". Today [Thursday] they trained but I need tomorrow to have the last training.

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