Loic Remy has warned Nicolas Pepe that he cannot have ‘one day of being lazy’ or he risks being replaced at Arsenal.
Pepe joined the north London club on the back of scoring 22 Ligue 1 goals and providing eleven assists in the French top flight in 2018/19, but has so far failed to live up to expectations in his 18 months at the club.
There have been fleeting moments of quality, but a haul of just 13 goals in 62 appearances has been a disappointing return for the winger, who has struggled to cement a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
And Remy, who made 47 appearances for Chelsea in three years at Stamford Bridge, has urged the Ivorian to get into gear sooner rather than later.
“He was flying in Lille and he was the best player in the team,” Remy told Goal. “Then, when you get to the next step, the expectation is really high. You cannot have one day of being lazy or late. The intensity in big clubs is like that.
“You can’t complain and there’s not much time to adapt. You can’t get away with mistakes anymore like you can at smaller clubs. There are always players waiting on the bench to take your spot.
“They will be training their hardest to replace you and that’s the biggest difference between big clubs and a smaller club.
“For him, the whole team are having a difficult season. Arsenal is Arsenal, so I think they will get back to having good results even if there are no easy games in the Premier League.”
Pepe has once again struggled with just two goals in 11 appearances this campaign.
And last month, former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong urged Emirates chiefs to sell the Ivorian if he does not step up his game.
“When I look at Pepe, I don’t see any aggression and determination,” Frimpong told PlayOJO .
“When he makes a mistake, he smiles or laughs and for me, I find that frustrating.
“There was a lot of hype about Pepe coming to Arsenal and he’s been very disappointing.
“He’s another player I think needs to step up his game and if he doesn’t, we need to get him out and bring in other players to help push us up the table.”