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The 2021/22 season should be Arteta’s last chance at Arsenal
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The 2021/22 season should be Arteta’s last chance at Arsenal

Arsenal missed out on a place in Europe for the first time in 26 years under Mikel Arteta in the 2020/21 season. The season was a mixed one for the Gunners who blew hot and cold at various stages of the season but eventually ended their domestic season on a high. They failed to make it into Europe via the Premier League as they finished 8th on the log with 61 points, 1 point off a place in the Europa Conference League, 4 points off the Europa League places, and 6 points off the top 4. They were looking good to make it to next season's UCL via the Europa League but were knocked out in the semis by eventual winners Villareal. Regardless, Mikel Arteta continues to divide the opinions of Arsenal fans as some believe he is the ideal man for the job while others are convinced he is way ...
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Arteta – Pepe needs more game time to thrive

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has vowed to help Nicolas Pepe succeed in his time at Arsenal, and stated that the winger needs more playing time to flourish at the club. Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille in 2019 in a deal worth £72million, making him the club's record signing. In his first season, he scored 8 goals but has struggled to make a mark and establish himself as a mainstay in Arteta's first eleven. Arteta criticized the Ivorian for being sent off in the draw against Leeds before Christmas. However, due to the injury to Gabriel Martinelli and Willian's poor run of form, he may find himself playing more games. "We need to help him to (succeed)," Arteta said. "In order to do that he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team and when he has that, he needs to show he is capa...
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Arteta asked to play Emile Smith Rowe ahead of Willian and Pepe

Ian Wright has advised Arsenal to give Emile Smith Rowe more game time ahead of the likes of Willian and Nicolas Pepe or regret losing him. Smith Rowe has started the last three games for the Gunners under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta and the three games have ended in victories for the North Londoners. Therefore, Ian Wright has urged Arteta to stick with the 20-year-old in upcoming games or lose the potential the Englishman possesses. It can be recalled that Arsenal let Serge Gnabry leave for just £5million back in 2016 and the German international has established himself as a mainstay at Bayern Munich. In a chat with Wrighty's House Podcast, he said: 'It must be brilliant going into training at the moment for someone like Emile Smith Rowe. READ: Keane – Fernandes must do mo...
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Unai Emery preferred Wilfried Zaha to Nicolas Pepe

Unai Emery has revealed that he would have preferred signing Wilfried Zaha over Nicolas Pepe. It can be recalled that Arsenal smashed their club record in August 2019 to sign Pepe from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in a deal worth £72 million. Since then, the Ivory Coast international has endured a mixed campaign as he needed time to adapt to life in the Premier League. The 24-year-old had scored 6 goals in 32 games for Arsenal this season before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. Unai Emery was hired as Arsenal boss in May 2018 after Arsene Wenger's departure. However, he was relieved of his managerial duties in November 2019 after managing for a season-and-a-half at the Emirates. THE BEST FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR MAY 16 2020 Emery noted that Pepe's slow start fo...
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Ferdinand – Pepe can improve under Mikel Arteta

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels that new Arsenal boss can help Nicolas Pepe to rediscover his form at the Emirates. Pepe is yet to hit form for the Gunners after making a £72 million club-record move from Ligue 1 side Lille to the Emirates last summer. Regardless, the winger played his part nicely to ensure Mikel Arteta's first victory as Arsenal boss as he opened the scoring against Manchester United in the Premier League at the Emirates on New Year's Day. The game eventually ended 2 nil in favor of Arsenal. GET THE LATEST FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR TODAY Live Football Streaming Over 1.5 Goals predictions for today BTTS Tips for today Rio Ferdinand believes that the Ivorian can develop under Arteta, considering how the Spaniard played his part in t...
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Emery urges Pepe to embrace his the pressure of his price tag

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has urged record signing Nicolas Pepe to embrace the pressure that comes with his hefty price tag following his shaky start to life at the Emirates. Nicolas Pepe who joined the Gunners from Lille in a club-record £72million deal last summer is yet to live up to the billing thus far, although it's still early days. The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals for Lille last season which saw him earn the move to the Emirates but has struggled to get to grips with English football thus far. The player admitted the same in a chat with French radio station RMC after the 1 all draw with Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday. “It has not been easy,”  “My confidence must come back. I am not very worried. People may be worried about my st...
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Kanu – Teams are already afraid of Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal legend and former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has expressed the belief that Premier League defenses are already afraid of record signing Nicolas Pepe. The Ivory Coast international has made 2 starts for the Gunners since completing a £72m move from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the summer. The player who was impressive at Anfield in the game against Liverpool also caught the eye in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates before the international break. He had the chance to open his scoring account in the game but missed a golden opportunity. Regardless, Kanu believes that Pepe will be a real hit at the Emirates and explained that he offers something different to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. READ: Dortmund confirm Man Unite...
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Nicolas Pepe arrives London for medical ahead of Arsenal move

Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe has arrived in London to undergo a medical and finalize personal terms ahead of his big-money move from Lille to Arsenal. The Gunners have already agreed a £72m transfer fee with Lille for the attacker. Nicolas Pepe, 24, is expected to be announced as Arsenal's 4th summer signing following the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba who have already been confirmed. READ: Idrissa Gueye joins PSG from Everton Dani Ceballos joined on a loan deal from Real Madrid while defender William Saliba was sent back to St Etienne on loan for a season after sealing a move to the Emirates in a deal worth £27m. This move means that the chase for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is as good as over. It also raises questions on the cred...