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Pepe’s Behaviour ‘Unacceptable’ – Mikel Arteta

Pepe Sent Off

Mikel Arteta branded Nicolas Pepe’s behaviour “unacceptable” as the Arsenal manager voiced his concern at his side’s lack of goals after drawing a blank in a 0-0 Premier League draw against a dominant Leeds at Elland Road.

Pepe appeared to headbutt Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski in an off-the-ball challenge and Arsenal’s club record signing was given a red card in the 51st minute after Anthony Taylor consulted with the video assistant referee.

Arsenal had been outclassed up to that point but resolutely held on for the rest of the match to claim a point – although Arteta was still visibly annoyed at how Pepe had left his team-mates in the lurch.

“It’s unacceptable,” Arteta said, refusing to elaborate further.

The Spaniard’s mood was not helped by a muscular injury to Willian which forced the Brazilian’s withdrawal at half-time, while substitute Bukayo Saka came off worst in a challenge late on and limped off.

While they were able to thwart a wasteful Leeds, Arsenal offered little going forward and they have scored only once in their most recent five Premier League matches.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was largely isolated after being given a rare chance in a central role up front, with Alexandre Lacazette dropping to the bench, as the Gunners had just two shots on target on Sunday afternoon.




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