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Freddie on Pepe – He’ll get better and better

by Koolkola

Arsenal finally won a match for the first time since defeating Bournemouth 1-0 at the Emirates. The Gunners defeated West Ham 1-3 at the Olympic Stadium with goals from Gabi Martinelli, Nico Pepe and Auba.

The Gunners went into the half time break trailing 1-0 and it was looking like another disappointing day.

After the match, Freddie faced the media and spoke about how a couple of things including how amazing Nico Pepe is.

On the win…

It means so much to the players. I’m so delighted for them. They’ve been living under enormous pressure in the last couple of weeks and you’ve seen it in their performances. They believe in how we want to play football and I could feel around 60 minutes that West Ham were getting tired, our passing was getting crisper, a bit faster. All of sudden, we sliced them open. The boys did amazing.

On the win coming in tough circumstances…

That’s football. That’s the nice part of it. It throws a curveball at you all the time. The players responded and dealt with it and that’s the main thing. In the beginning, we tried to play and we wanted to have that game. West Ham got tired and we stepped up. Quicker passing…I’m just delighted, they’ve been such great players, they’ve worked so hard, it’s something we’ve talked about in the Premier League, we know you’ve got to work hard, offensively and defensively. They definitely did that today.

On taking the credit for the win because of his lineup selection…

No, it’s down to the players. I’m there to guide them a little bit. I’m so pleased for them today.

On Nicolas Pepe’s performance…

He’s an amazing football player. It’s not easy to come from the French league and change totally to the way we play football and the pace of it. He was really, really tired which I like to see. He worked his socks off and scored an amazing goal. He’ll get better and better.

On the pressure the players have been under…

I don’t think anyone can really imagine it. You can see it when they come out, they’ve been a bit quiet a bit low. You could see in the dressing room what a relief it was and how happy they were. We still have a lot of things to work on, we can see that, we’re not perfect in any shape or form. We can enjoy tonight and then it’s back to work tomorrow.

On what more to expect from his players…

We had a similar way of playing in the first and second half but it was a lot slower [in the first half]. That’s, in my opinion, down to belief. Hit that ball with pace. Believe in yourself that you can do it. That’s something we have to work on. We still have a lot of small things to fix.

On what it means to him on a personal level…

It’s a great, great feeling. It’s a lot better to win than lose. We shouldn’t get carried away, we played well in the end and we’re happy, but we need to work.

Next stop for Arsenal is the Europa League match against Standard Leige.

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