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Alla Zakarian

30-10-2020 | 11:26 Football
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Mikel Arteta makes Nicolas Pepe statement as £72m star proves point for Arsenal


Arsenal beat Dundalk with a 3-0 score in the Europa League group stage. Nicolas Pepe scored the third goal for the Gunners. The Ivorian showed plenty of promise and scored with a superb strike. The Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the 25-year-old after the game, but said he wants more of the same from the former Lille star as the Gunners now turn their attention to a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United this weekend. "Obviously, he's not been first choice in a lot of the games at the moment but, to be fair, he's played quite a lot of the moments, some better than others. It's about finding the consistency. Not through the games, but during the games as well to be most instinctive and to be able to do the right things in many, many occasions where he has to make the right decisions on the pitch. "It's nothing to do with his attitude. He's a player who takes risks. He's a very creative player and this is the most difficult thing in football, when they all know what you can do as well and how much they want to prevent your space and the overloads that they generate to defend you as well. "So to create situations for them is complicated, but sometimes it's the simple things: the deliveries, the amount of situations he is able to create or attract and then make the right decision to keep evolving that final ball, the finishing, the positioning inside the box which he has to be more consistent at. We are working on that and hopefully he will be doing that much more efficiently. "Knowing Nico and after speaking to him, I don't think it [the price tag] is something that worries him too much. It's about him hitting his best every single week. I think this is where he believes he can do better and we have to try to help him."
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