Pepe and Martinelli earn Ljungberg praise after firing Arsenal to West Ham win
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Arsenal stars Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli earned the praise of interim boss Freddie Ljungberg after they played key roles in Monday night’s win over West Ham United.
Martinelli - making his full Premier League debut - equalised with a well-taken finish on the hour mark, before Pepe curled home a sublime effort to put the Gunners ahead and then set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the third to complete a nine-minute turnaround in east London.
Speaking about the pair, Ljungberg said: "People always ask me about Nico and I try to explain.
"He comes from the French league, he comes to the Premier League - in my opinion the best league in the world - and it's a lot faster and a lot harder. He needs to adapt.
"People put pressure on him but that's not so easy, and I thought what he did today was he worked really hard offensively and defensively and showed his quality.
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"I'm so pleased for him because at the same time he was a big, big buy for the club and then comes pressure with that as well. He will fall asleep with a smile tonight.
"Gabi is a fantastic player.
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"He's still very young but he has that energy about him and he goes and he goes. He has no fear and he just keeps on going.
"So it's a pleasure to see him there on that pitch, and for him to get the success that he did today, it gives you a smile to your face."