Emery says he wanted to sign Fabinho

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he wanted to sign Fabinho before he went to Liverpool

Gunners boss highlighted the Liverpool midfielder as an example of a player needing time to adjust to Premier League as Nicolas Pepe continues to struggle

Unai Emery has revealed Fabinho was a target for Arsenal, before Liverpool signed him from Monaco last summer.

Emery says he wanted to sign Fabinho

Emery was Paris Saint-Germain boss when Fabinho helped Monaco beat his side to the league title in 2017, and the Spaniard admits that he wanted to sign the midfielder when he was appointed Arsenal manager last year.

Gunners boss splashed out a fee in excess of £70m to recruit Nicolas Pepe this summer, but he has yet to make the desired impact for his new club.

”When I arrived here, also his name was on the table to achieve to sign him, but he signed for Liverpool.

“The first six months he didn’t play, it was adaptation. But now he is amazing and I want the same with (Dani) Ceballos, with Pepe.

“We need patience, but Pepe is improving. On Monday, the key to win was with him. If he scores the first goal, it’s different.

“But it’s one process and I believe in him and I know we need time and patience. The supporters have patience, some more than others.”

Pepe is likely to sit out Thursday night’s Europa League Group F clash at home to Vitoria Guimaraes – but Emery could yet opt to include him in his side to give him another chance to impress.

Emery talked with his players for 10 minutes on the training ground on the eve of the Vitoria Guimaraes game, and pointed to his desire to promote young talent as a reason for the delay in returning the club to the top.

“We have time and we have very young players, who we are giving confidence and minutes in the Premier League to adapt to the rhythm we want,” he added.

“We are getting there but we can do better. I know we need to win, we need to achieve our targets.

Pepe is likely to sit out Thursday night’s Europa League Group F clash at home to Vitoria Guimaraes – but Emery could yet opt to include him in his side to give him another chance to impress.

Emery talked with his players for 10 minutes on the training ground on the eve of the Vitoria Guimaraes game, and pointed to his desire to promote young talent as a reason for the delay in returning the club to the top.

“We have time and we have very young players, who we are giving confidence and minutes in the Premier League to adapt to the rhythm we want,” he added.

“We are getting there but we can do better. I know we need to win, we need to achieve our targets.

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