Arteta: Pepe’s red card is ‘unacceptable’

Sun 22 November 2020 | 20:19

Nicolas Pepe let his team and fans down by getting a red card in the game against Leeds United.


Nicolas Pepe

’s red card in the game against

Leeds United

on Sunday, Arsenal head coach

Mikel Arteta

expressed his feelings about the red card by saying that he ‘let the team down’.

The Gunners played with 10 players most of the second half and all was because of Pepe’s headbutt on

Ezgjan Alioski


Arsenal drew 0-0 against Leeds United.

Even Arsenal fans reacted to his red card and some even called him ‘brain dead’ on Twitter.

“It is unacceptable,” Arteta said. “I’ve spoken to him; it is unacceptable.”

“I really like the personality of the team

“When Pepe let the team down, how we suffered together and stuck to what we had to do.

“Considering how we got Pepe sent off, a draw is okay,

“I never like playing for a draw, but in the circumstances a point is okay.

"In the first 30 minutes, we were more dominant and created a lot of issues. But then the game broke a bit and we gave the ball away in difficult areas.

“We suffered and in the second half we were early with 10 men and it was a matter of defending well and staying patient, and using the pace of our players and the spaces they were leaving.”

Bukayo Saka

could have won the game for Arsenal when he got the chance to get beyond the Leeds defense, but he was eventually stopped by Illan Meslier.

“It was the best chance in the game, but the keeper did very well,” Arteta said. “On another day we could have won the game, but the reality is they had a lot of threats on our box and we were lucky in certain moments.”


source: SportMob

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