Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that Nicolas Pepe is not satisfied with the role at the club this season. The £72m signing from Lille has started just five games this season along with making three appearances from the bench. Although he has starred in the Cups against inferior quality opposition he has failed to make his mark in the Premier League. He maintained that Pepe continues to fight for a starting berth.
“A player that doesn’t play, if he’s happy you have a big problem and Nico has not been happy,” Mikel Arteta said about Nicolas Pepe. “He’s been trying to challenge us and asking us for more minutes because this is what he wants to do, and rightly so, and this is the attitude that we want from our players.”
‘To play in those positions for a big club like us, you need to be producing goals and assists every single game, it’s what we demand from him and he has the capacity to do it and he’s doing it better and better,” Arteta said about Bukayo Saka. “Every single player is important, the senior players are performing and giving a lot of stability and direction to the young players and it’s the right mix.”