The Ivorian was a subject of criticisms since arriving in London from Lille in 2019, and despite his slow start, his manager was full of praise after scoring at St. Marry.
scored the Gunners’ other two goals to secure a 3-1 Premier League victory over Southampton.
"He was really good again,"
told BT Sport of Pepe, who made his first league start since December 19.
"He created big moments. He deserved his chance today and he took it."
other star at Saint Marry as the 19-year-old became just the second English teenager to score for Arsenal in consecutive Premier League appearances after
in October 2000.
said about the teenager:
"He has been very consistent. He has played in different positions and adapted. He is assisting players. It was another strong performance today."
The Spaniard was quite happy to see his side bounce back after their FA Cup defeat against the Saints just three days prior.
"I think we were good from the start,"
. "We conceded a goal from a corner but responded straight away. We were good on the ball. We got out of trouble and made some big chances. Our pressing was brilliant. We were good in the break. It was a strong performance."
"It is tough to win here. They are strong and have been in form. It showed a lot of intelligence and resilience from the team in the way they managed the game.
"We have still a lot to do. We have to improve, be humble and train good for the next game."