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Will ‘positive’ Pepe start against Liverpool?


Nicolas Pepe had the crowd on their feet several times as we beat Burnley last weekend - so how close is he to making his first Premier League start this weekend?

The Ivory Coast international is expected to be part of our matchday squad for the game at Liverpool, but how is he settling into life in London - and could he start against the Reds?

“The most important thing is to help him and his family to feel comfortable here,” Unai Emery said. “Now he is three weeks into working here with us. He didn't do the pre-season here but he’s progressively feeling better. 

“For example, in the first match, he played 15 minutes in Newcastle, then he played 45 minutes against Burnley. I think his individual performances are progressively getting better.

“For Saturday, he is maybe ready to have more minutes. I am going to decide tomorrow, but really his progress has been positive and has been good for the team and for him. The most important piece of the adaptation is to help him to feel easy and be comfortable with us.”

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