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Asenal fans react as Freddie Ljungberg explains Nicolas Pepe snub vs Norwich

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Asenal fans react as Freddie Ljungberg explains Nicolas Pepe snub vs Norwich

Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has explained that Nicolas Pepe did not feature against Norwich City on Sunday because of his showings in training.

Gunners supporters were surprised to see the club-record signing left out of the starting lineup against the Canaries, but even more perplexed that he wasn’t called upon as Arsenal searched for a winner.

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Ljungberg might have introduced him with the scoreline at 2-2, but the Swede instead turned to youngster Bukayo Saka on 78 minutes, and then Gabriel Martinelli in the dying embers.

Speaking afterwards, Ljungberg explained his decision.

He said (Mirror): “Pepe is a very good player. But I looked at what we did in training and what I see every day and that is how I judge it.”

It is only the second Premier League game of the season where he’s had zero involvement.

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Pepe would no doubt have been disappointed not to get on, as his search for his first goal from open play for the club continues.

Arsenal fans react

Arsenal fans expressed their concern online after the game, with some speculating there might be a deeper issue.

 

 

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