Arteta urged to drop one Arsenal player after Everton victory

Date published: Tuesday 25th February 2020 8:46

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta should drop Nicolas Pepe for Gabriel Martinelli, according to Charlie Nicholas.

The Ivory Coast international has struggled to find his feet since his £72m move from French club Lille in the summer.

There are signs of improvement from Pepe, though, with three assists and a goal in his last two Premier League outings against Newcastle United and Everton.

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However, Nicholas is still far from convinced by Pepe and he thinks it’s time for Arteta to give youngster Martinelli a run in the Arsenal side.

“I do not think this is a certain win for Arsenal,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

Mikel Arteta will sit and read into the fact that they let in two against Everton. Bernd Leno gets Arsenal out of a lot of holes but he did slip up for the second goal.

“Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette will come in I think. You have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his goals. Will Nicolas Pepe get another run? Probably. Does he deserve it? Probably not. I would probably look at Gabriel Martinelli.

“The game against Manchester City has been postponed as they are in the Carabao Cup final, which means Arsenal can go at it and get into the last 16.

“You can still see the mess at the back, but Arteta will change things again. Sokratis Papastathopoulos may come in, while Hector Bellerin may drop out.

“You have to play Bukayo Saka at the back. This side has got its attacking side back and got its mojo back in that respect. Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos.”

 

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