Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is not pleased with Nicolas Pépé’s behavior. The midfielder gave a headbutt against Leeds United (0-0) at the start of the second half on Sunday, so that ‘The Gunners’ played a large part of the game with one man less.
“This is really unacceptable. You just can’t do that at this level,” an angry Arteta on Elland Road said. English media. “Normally I am never happy with a draw, but given the circumstances we are happy with a point.”
The 25-year-old Pépé lost his temper at the beginning of the second half after a disagreement with Ezgjan Alioski. The Ivory Coast international gave the Leeds United defender a light headbutt, but it was enough for referee Anthony Taylor to draw red after intervention by the VAR.
With ten men, Arsenal still managed to hold their own, but it was the fifth time in nine Premier League games this season that the Londoners lost points. With thirteen points, Arsenal remains in the middle bracket.
Arteta is pleased with the way his team dealt with the under-team situation. “At such a moment you can use the excuse that someone has ruined the game, or you show resilience, ambition and believe that you can still win the game,” said the coach.
“With ten men you are just at a big disadvantage, so I really enjoyed the mentality of my players when Pépé left the team. We even got one or two moments to win the match, but unfortunately that didn’t work out. . “
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta thinks Nicolas Pépé left the team at Leeds United. (Photo: Pro Shots)
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