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Arteta says £72m man Pepe has 'come a long way in last few months' after enduring early struggles at Arsenal

The Ivorian forward has struggled to live up to his price tag at Emirates Stadium, but has shown signs of finding form this season

Mikel Arteta claims to have seen Nicolas Pepe "come a long way in the last few months" at Arsenal, with the Ivorian starting to deliver on £72 million ($99m) worth of expectation.

The Gunners smashed their transfer record when luring the 25-year-old forward away from Lille in 2019, but have found value in that deal hard to come by.

Pepe did, however, grab a Europa League lifeline against Villarreal from the penalty spot last time out and now boasts 10 goal involvements in continental competition this season.

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