Albert’s pop at Pepe
Arsenal assistant supervisor Albert Stuivenberg delivered a ticking off to Nicolas Pepe following the 2-1 win in opposition to Leeds after failing to capitalise on an open purpose.
The Ivorian winger got here on as a second half substitute for Bukayo Saka in Sunday’s victory on the Emirates, however failed to make an affect.
Though he may have relieved the strain in North London by scoring late on after Leeds goalkeeper Islan Meslier went up for a nook.
Arsenal defended the set piece, with Pepe choosing up the free ball and darting to the half-way line the place it seemed as if he would rating into an empty web.
But he bizarrely determined to minimize in on his stronger left foot as an alternative of taking a shot along with his proper and even operating with the ball for longer.
That allowed Daniel James to make an all-important sort out to cease the Gunners counter, with Leeds then ready to hold the strain on of their quest for an equaliser.
Thankfully for Pepe, the Whites could not get again on degree phrases, although that did not cease Stuivenberg from giving the ex-Lille man an animated rundown on the pitch.
Mikel Arteta performed down the change between the pair in his post-match press convention, although he did state he was equally as confused by the ahead’s resolution making.
He mentioned: “When you see that he’s received an empty web in entrance of him and he’s taking a contact backwards, we can’t actually perceive.
“But you’ve got to have the notion of the participant in that second, they are those that make the choice.
“And fortuitously we didn’t want that purpose.”