Graeme Souness is confident that Nicolas Pepe can follow in Thierry Henry's footsteps by becoming a "star" for Arsenal, despite a mixed first season.

Pepe has had a slow start to life in North London following his club-record £72million move from Lille, but put on an impressive display during the Gunners' 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

The Ivory Coast international scored his side's second goal at the Emirates while also providing assists for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Although the 24-year-old has struggled to replicate such displays on a consistent basis, Souness sees similarities to another Arsenal great and believes it's just a matter of time before the winger lives up to his price tag.

"I think there is a real, real player in there,' said the former Liverpool and Scotland midfielder while appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Nicolas Pepe scored one goal and provided two assists against Newcastle

"You think of their best ever player Thierry [Henry], he came here and didn’t have a great first season, took some time, and I see Pepe being a star here.

"He's got great feet, [he's] electric and still a baby."

Henry established himself as one of Arsenal's greatest ever players during an eight-year spell under Arsene Wenger that saw him score 228 goals in 375 appearances.

Meanwhile, Pepe has now registered six goals and six assists in 28 games in all competitions during his first season in England.

Graeme Souness compared Pepe to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also praised the the winger's performance during the victory against the Magpies, which ended his team's run of four straight draws in the Premier League.

"We just need consistency from him," admitted the Gunners' boss after the match (via Football.London).

"For wide players and talented players up front in this league it isn't easy because this is the most difficult thing to do - to create things.

Mikel Arteta said he wants to see more consistency from Pepe

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"But (there are) certain things with Nico that he needs to maintain game by game. He knows that, he's trying.

"The way he applied himself defensively as well in a few moments was top-drawer - things that he wasn't doing in the past.

"When he does that, the rewards in the other box come and he made the difference today."