Arsenal forward, Nicolas Pepe has to work on the simple parts of his game if he wants to meet expectations at Arsenal, Jeremie Aliadiere has said.
Jeremie recently came out to say that Pepe has still not shown why the Gunners paid a club-record fee for his services from Lille.
According to Aliadiere, he is not denying the talent of the African player but his decision making has been lacking throughout the season.
He added that dribbling too much without much end product has also been his undoing at times.
His words, “I saw what he did with Lille last season and he is an amazing player,”
“So, I’m not denying his talent.
“What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football.
“And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists.”
“If you look at his stats, I would say he has had an alright season.
“Now, obviously it is not easy, as I know having been there, but the thing that has disappointed me a tiny bit is his decision-making during games.
“For a player who cost £72m, it’s the simple parts of the game that sometimes I see him lacking. And that’s what I pick on a bit.
“Yes, he goes on a good dribble and goes through two or three players – that’s amazing. But when you have (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang on your left and all you have to do is pass the ball in the right spot, and instead cut it back at the wrong time, that bothers me. And I’ve seen that quite a lot from him this season.
“Maybe with confidence, with more games, that will improve. But it’s that sort of thing – when he switches off and seems to lack concentration – that gets to me.
“That is something you can’t really have with top, top players who come for that sort of money. The easy stuff has got to be done properly.”