Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has revealed he wanted the club to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace instead of Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe became the Gunners’ record signing, when he completed a £72million move from Lille last summer.
However, the Ivorian winger struggled to live up to that price tag in the early stages of the season.
Pepe netted just one goal from the penalty spot in his first 12 Premier League appearances, with the last of those coming in Emery’s final game against Southampton.
His form has, however, improved under Mikel Arteta and he has scored three times in the league since the Spaniard took charge.
Emery says he was always worried the 24-year-old would take time to adapt.