Video: Arteta urges Nicolas Pepe ‘to continue’ with his hard work

Nicolas Pepe scored from the penalty spot last night to give Arsenal hope of reaching the final of the Europa League, and manager Mikel is hoping he can continue his form.

The Ivory Coast winger has struggled to hold down a regular starting role this season, with a host of rivals in competition for places, but his performances lately have been impressive.

Pepe’s minutes have come with certain teammates having been sidelined with injuries, but I don’t think anyone would be surprised if he was to hold onto his place with others returning to availability.

Does Pepe deserve to be starting at present despite who else is available?


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  1. It’s unfortunate all fans were hoping we paid 70+ million for a beast of a winger. A player that would put opposition players to the sword. Score plenty of goals and create plenty of assists. He is not the player I expected him to be. He like others in our team are either not good enough to help us challenge for the top honours in football. If we continue with these players we will continue to be a mid table team. Reiss Nelson is young and hungry. Why would he not be given a chance after some of the games we’ve seen Pepe and William play. He couldn’t have done worse.

  2. Pepe last night played against a manager that said he preferred zaha over him. This was his moment to “stuff Emery’s words down his throat” He did not!

  3. Pepe is a very intelligent & more techinical especially when wiz the ball but he shud be given much playing tym

  4. Unfortunately I fear that Pepe will never live up to the expectation implications of his exorbitant purchase price, which really isn’t all on him considering the circumstances surrounding his sketchy transfer “negotiations”(frankly I believe we should be seeking legal action against Raul if foul play can be proved)…that said, I think it would be best to develop him into a “super sub” of sorts, as I don’t think he has the cardio and/or mental toughness to compete for 90 minutes week in, week out…however, I do think he has the ability to put his stamp on a game if he’s only required to be on the pitch for 20 to 25 minutes

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