• Arsenal manager says striker’s period of adaptation is over
  • ‘He needs to have the right mindset and consistency’

Mikel Arteta says he has detected a change in Nicolas Pépé’s mindset and the forward would have “no excuses” when looking to explain any inconsistency in future.

Pépé has been in and out of Arteta’s side having largely frustrated since joining from Lille in a £72m transfer under the previous manager, Unai Emery. But he has scored 10 goals this season, two in the 5-1 aggregate Europa League quarter-final win over Slavia Prague that confirmed a reunion with Emery in the last four, and Arteta will accept nothing less than a full exhibition of his undoubted ability from here on.

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