Arsenal legend makes baffling claim about Nicolas Pepe

Mikel Arteta needs to ignore this advice from Charlie Nicholas.

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has bizarrely suggested that Nicolas Pepe hasn’t done enough to earn a place in the team to take on Olympiacos in the Europa League this Thursday night.

A reminder: in his last two starts for Mikel Arteta’s side, the Ivory Coast international has one goal and three assists. We think he’s probably doing okay.

Discussing Arsenal’s game against Olympiacos this week, Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette will come in I think. You have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his goals. Will Nicolas Pepe get another run? Probably. Does he deserve it? Probably not. I would probably look at Gabriel Martinelli.”

While we think there’s definitely some sense in bringing Gabriel Martinelli into the team more, there’s no reason this needs to be at the expense of Pepe.

The young Brazilian has had a fine season, but has shown he can play as a centre-forward or wide on the left, with Pepe clearly best when he’s out on the right flank.

Dropping the former Lille man just as he seems to be finding some rhythm and confidence seems majorly counter-productive, so let’s hope that, as we suspect, Arteta won’t take Nicholas’ advice too seriously here.

4 Comments

  1. benardedwin says:

    that is truen

  2. SAGooner says:

    I doubt very much that Arteta spends any time at all listening to Charlie Nicholas or any other so-called pundit. What Charlie believes is no more than an opinion by one guy. I, for one, do not put much stock into his comments, although admittedly he does come up with a jewel now and then. Arteta will do what he thinks and believes is right for the team.

    1. Sarmmie says:

      For me, It’s not even only him, it’s all the pundits

  3. jon fox says:

    The ludicrous thought that MA would take the slightest notice of a comment from anyone not connected to the selection decisions(which might include his assistant coaches at best but probably not even then) is for the birds. Another non subject article therefore.

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