Arsenal manager Unai Emery has stated Nicolas Pepe must attain full fitness before he can play 90 minutes for the Gunners.
The 24-year-old winger made his debut in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in their opening Premier League game on Sunday.
Emery explained why his £72 million summer record buy was limited to a 20-minute cameo against the Magpies at St James' Park.
“Nicolas Pepe came one week ago and physically he needs to get his best fitness to be ready to play 100 per cent for 90 minutes,” Emery told the club website.
“I think that today 20 minutes is good for him. And Ceballos is in the middle because he came before Pepe but he got an injury and he stopped training.”
The winger scored 22 league goals in 38 games for Lille last season to help them finish as runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain.
He will hope to get more minutes under his belt in Arsenal’s first home game of the season against Burnley on Saturday, August 17.