Pepe pleads for game time under Arteta


Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe admits that he’s not pleased with his lack of game time under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta.

The Ivorian international broke Arsenal’s transfer record after signing from Lille for £72-million. However, he has started only one match in the Premier League this season despite his impressive display in the cup competitions.

“My goal is to play more. To have a little more playing time,” Pepe said in an interview with the French TV channel Canal Plus.

The 25-year-old further said that his mentor wants him to be 100 percent focused during the 90 minutes of the match. But afterwards, during the training, he notices that he will be a substitute the following weekend.

“It is frustrating for any player to be on the bench because a player who plays is happy. For me, I would like to play a little more to find a smile again,” he adds.

Pepe also put it on record that he does not want to see himself reduced to being a super-sub for the Gunners.

“The coach makes his choices. It’s up to me to show him that I don’t have that role,” Pepe lamented.

The former Lille FC man has found the back of the net on 11 occasions from 54 appearances in Arsenal colours.

By Mauwane Raophala

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