Arsenal have been given hope over £72m flop Nicolas Pepe, as the Ivorian continues to struggle in England.

The wide man was given a starting role against Leeds this evening as he attempted to end a dismal spell which has brought just one goal in his last 13 Premier League games.

And before kick-off, Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra insisted Pepe may just need time to settle properly in England, just as he did after arriving at Manchester United from Marseille.

"I have so much respect for the French league but you need a moment to adapt like myself," he said.

"When I joined Manchester United I thought I was the best left-back in the world, after my first game I realised Premier League is a different game.

"You just need to understand that.

"But today should be a great game for him because Leeds like to play one vs one and he can destroy any player one vs one."

Pepe's price tag has hindered him at the Emirates.

But the winger wants more game time under Mikel Arteta to prove his worth.

"My goal is to play more. Have a little more playing time," Pepe told French outlet Canal Plus recently.

"A player who plays is happy. For me, I would like to play a little more to find a smile again.

"He [Arteta] wants me to be 100 per cent focused during the 90 minutes of the match.

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"Afterwards, I see during training that I will be a substitute the following weekend.

"But the coach speaks to me, he also has assistants who are there for that. But it is frustrating for any player to be on the bench.

"The coach makes his choices. It’s up to me to show him that I don’t have that role."