Report claims Nicolas Pepe needs constant in-game coaching by Mikel Arteta
Arsenal take on Tottenham today and Mikel Arteta could once again overlook £72m winger, Nicolas Pepe, in his starting XI.
Pepe has struggled for consistency since signing for the Gunners. He has, at times, shown flashes of brilliance. That is something that Arsenal fans and Mikel Arteta are desperate to see more of.
A strong finish to last season hasn’t been carried over into this one as yet for Pepe. It’s likely he will miss out today, too. Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard, and Bukayo Saka are expected to get the nod ahead of him.
And a report by The Telegraph today suggests a key reason as to why Pepe is struggling. The report, which goes into detail about both Pepe and Spurs midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele, suggests that the Ivorian winger has issues when it comes to defensive discipline.
More to the point, it claims that Pepe requires ‘constant reminders’ during 90 minutes as to when to press, and where to stand. That, of course, is not what Mikel Arteta wants from his players.
TBR’s View: Pepe has to do more and time is running out
The Telegraph’s report makes a great point in that if Arsenal had paid around £30m, then he’d probably be considered a decent squad player.
But the fact the Gunners paid more than £70m means what he’s delivered has been below expectations. Pepe has scored just the 25 goals in 94 games since his arrival, with only 17 assists on top.
It’s likely that Pepe will be left out today, too. If he can get on during the game, then it’s on him to make an impact on both the game, and Arteta.
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