Arsenal’s £72m record signing, winger Nicolas Pepe has only started once this season in the English Premier League, and admitted that he is unhappy with his lack of playing time under boss Mikel Arteta.
“My goal is to play more. To have a little more playing time,” Pepe told French channel Canal Plus.
“A player who plays is happy. For me, I would like to play a little more to find a smile again.
“He (Arteta) wants me to be 100 percent focused during the 90 minutes of the match. Afterwards, I see during training that I will be a substitute the following weekend.
“But the coach speaks to me, he also has assistants who are there for that. But it is frustrating for any player to be on the bench.
“A super-sub role? The coach makes his choices. It’s up to me to show him that I don’t have that role.”
Pepe has scored 11 goals in 54 appearances since joining the Gunners from Lille in 2019.
Former Arsenal star Lee Dixon didn’t hesitate to respond onto Pepe’s statement, as he took over to Twitter replied to @SkySportsNews tweet and said: “Play better then”
Arteta is yet to respond publicly to Pepe, but it will be interesting to see how he addresses this issue at the Emirates. you also can take a look our latest football news about, Gabriel Jesus Wants Brazil to Step Up in Neymar’s Absence at here!
If history is anything to go by though – considering what happened with Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi – then the Gunners boss won’t be bowing to pressure to play the £72million forward more regularly.