Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has launched a staunch defence of the club’s record signing Nicolas Pepe following criticism of the former Lille man’s early form in the Premier League.

Pepe has scored just one goal for the Gunners in the Premier League- a penalty against Aston Villa- and has also only contributed two assists, leading some to question whether he currently merits a place in the starting eleven.

Henry also struggled when he first joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999, failing to score in his eight games, but went on to become the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 228 strikes.

And speaking to Yahoo Sport Henry said Pepe must be given more time to prove his worth in north London.

Nicolas Pepe has struggled to recapture the form he showed in Ligue 1

“When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you,” Henry said.

“He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform. People need to forget…

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