Author of a head butt on a Leeds player, Nicolas Pépé left Arsenal at 10 against the formation of Marcelo Bielsa, Sunday in the Premier League.
“Unacceptable”. Face closed, Mikel Arteta clearly expressed his dissatisfaction with the exclusion of Nicolas Pépé, who “dropped the team” during the trip from Arsenal to Leeds (0-0), Sunday afternoon in the part of the 9th day of the Premier League.
After some friction with Ezgjan Alioski, the Franco-Ivorian ended up giving a slight head butt to the Macedonian player, who collapsed to the ground, pushing the referee of the meeting to issue a red card (51st). The Gunners could have largely lost 10 against 11, since they were saved 3 times by the amounts of Bernd Leno at the end of the match!
“Really, really stupid from Pépé”
The Spanish manager of Arsenal is not the only one to point the finger at the 25-year-old striker. Patrice Evra, on the Sky Sports set, spoke of Pépé’s inappropriate gesture: “Really, really stupid on Pépé’s part. Arteta gave him a chance, so he won’t be able to come and cry if he doesn’t play the next game. In France, he was always happy and smiling. The price of his transfer, the supporters are on him and you can see. I am very disappointed with him. I still defend him, but I can’t ”.
Twirling with Losc (23 goals in 42 matches during the 2018-2019 season), the native of Mantes-la-Jolie, recruited for 80 million euros by the London club, was too neutral during his first season across the Channel (8 goals in 42 matches) and lost his place in Arsenal’s starting lineup this season, Mikel Arteta generally preferring Willian, who arrived free this summer, to form the attacking trio with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
A furious Mikel Arteta called Nicolas Pepe’s conduct “unacceptable” after the Arsenal winger was sent off in the Gunners’ goalless draw at Leeds.
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