Amazon Prime commentators Clive Tyldesley and Alan Shearer were shocked Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe’s “languid” warm-up ahead of his introduction as a second half substitute in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to Brighton.
The £72million summer signing from Lille has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and was again left out of the starting line-up on Thursday.
With his side trailing 1-0 at the break, interim manager Freddie Ljungberg opted to introduce Pepe and instructed him to warm-up during the interval, but both Tyldsley and Shearer were shocked at his apparent lack of effort.
“Freddie Ljungberg has played his first card and Arsenal’s club record signing from Lille may have an absolutely storming second half, but we’ve just watched him go through the most languid warm up I’ve ever seen a substitute go through,” remarked the veteran commentator.
‘There was a coach who was trying to prepare him for the half who looked far more motivated and far more urgent than Nicolas Pepe.
“Let’s see if he makes me eat my words.”
“I can think of other words,” quipped Shearer in response.