Pepe is beginning to show Arsenal fans what Freddie Ljungberg saw in training

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Former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg believes Nicolas Pepe is starting to show supporters just what he is capable of.

The Ivory Coast international scored both goals in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Brighton on Sunday and enjoyed a productive end to the campaign.

Pepe bagged five goals in his final three appearances of the season, taking him to 16 goals in all competitions.

But his blistering form has come as no surprise to Ljungberg, who worked with the 25-year-old during his time as a coach at the club.

The Arsenal icon spent last campaign serving as an assistant to Unai Emery before taking interim charge of the side when the Spaniard was sacked.

Ljungberg witnessed the talent of Pepe during this period and is pleased to see the former Lille player now delivering for the team on the pitch.

“I like him. He's awkward to play against. Has good speed. One against one he's very, very good,” Ljungberg told BT Sport after Pepe's performance against Crystal Palace last Wednesday.

“This [his goal] is what I saw in training every day and it's what you want to see in every game.

“Of course there's other parts of his game he needs to learn but if you can put him in these situations he's lethal all the time.”

Despite witnessing an improvement in Pepe's game, the former Sweden international believes there are still areas that Arsenal's club-record signing must address.

“He came from a league where he could cheat a little bit his defensive work, wait a little bit, he countered, he's one against one and scored a lot of goals,” he said.

“Maybe at Arsenal he needs to do a lot of other stuff. He needs to work more like a unit, do more defending. And I think that's what he learning at the moment.”

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