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Nicolas Pepe admits Arsenal ‘frustration’ as Gunners ahead sends message to Mikel Arteta – ‘My aim is to play extra’


Nov 11, 2020
Nicolas Pepe admits Arsenal ‘frustration’ as Gunners forward sends message to Mikel Arteta – ‘My goal is to play more’

Nicolas Pepe has admitted he’s annoyed at his lack of recreation time at Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast worldwide has been underwhelming since becoming a member of the Gunners from Lille in the summertime of 2019 for a membership file payment of £72million.

Pepe has struggled to cement a spot in Arteta’s XI
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There have been unquestionable moments of high quality, however simply 11 objectives in 54 appearances has been a disappointing return for the entrance man, who has struggled to cement a spot in Arteta’s beginning XI.

And Pepe has now admitted his lack of first crew minutes his hindering his capability to indicate his high quality.

“My aim is to play extra. Have somewhat extra taking part in time,” Pepe informed Canal Plus.

“He [Arteta] desires me to be 100 per cent targeted through the 90 minutes of the match. Afterwards, I see throughout coaching that I can be a substitute the next weekend.

Arteta has felt reluctant to provide Pepe a protracted run in his XI
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“However the coach speaks to me, he additionally has assistants who’re there for that. However it’s irritating for any participant to be on the bench.”

Pepe added: “The coach makes his selections. It’s as much as me to indicate him that I don’t have that function.”

Final month, Arsenal icon Alan Smith stated his former membership overpaid for Pepe, admitting he’s now a ‘downside’ for Arteta.

He informed 101 Nice Objectives: “Properly Nicolas Pepe is an issue in a means as a result of he value a lot cash. “To a sure extent you’re below somewhat little bit of stress to play him even in case you don’t begin him. He has upset.

“I hoped in his second season that he would kick on. Clearly Arsenal paid far an excessive amount of cash for him. ‘Willian has been introduced in who can play on the right-hand aspect though he’s a a lot totally different participant, however rather more dependable.

“We’ve seen in little glimpses that he [Pepe] will be thrilling, he can flip a recreation.

“Nonetheless, he’s bought to convey extra consistency to his recreation and I simply hope that may occur in an Arsenal shirt.”