Lee Dixon has a message for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe on Twitter.
The Arsenal legend has responded to Pepe’s comments about his lack of regular playing time at the Gunners so far this season.
The 25-year-old, who can also operate as a forward, has said that he would like to play more than he has done so far this campaign.
The Ivory Coast international has admitted that he is frustrated not to start week in and week out.
Dixon has responded to Pepe’s comments, urging the former Lille star to play better when he gets his chances.
Sky Sports quotes Pepe as saying: “My goal is to play more. To have a little more playing time. 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 per cent 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.”
How has Nicolas Pepe done at Arsenal so far?
Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille in the summer of 2019 for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £72 million.
The winger had a mixed debut season for the Gunners, as he could not play consistently well but showed his quality and talent on a few occasions.
According to WhoScored, Pepe made 22 starts and nine substitute appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal last season, scoring five goals and providing six assists in the process.
The winger also made two starts and four substitute appearances in the Europa League for the North London club in 2019-20, scoring two goals and providing two assists in the process, according to WhoScored.
So far this season, Pepe has made one start and six substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Gunners, scoring one goal in the process, according to WhoScored.
The winger has scored two goals and provided two assists in three Europa League games for Arteta’s side so far this campaign, according to WhoScored.
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