Pepe back amid injury fear
Nicolas Pepe, the Arsenal forward, has returned early from international duty with the Ivory Coast to work on building up his match fitness. Arsenal’s record signing played the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sept 1 before heading off to the Ivory Coast’s training camp in Deauville. The Ivorian federation said Pepe had been “injured with his club” and declared the problem “late on Wednesday afternoon”. Pepe has returned to England, where he will continue to work on his fitness at Arsenal’s London Colney base ahead of the match at Watford on Sept 15.