Arteta To Drop £72m Record Signing Nicolas Pepe?

Arteta Drop Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged to drop Nicolas Pepe for the crunch Europa League clash with Olympiakos on Thursday night.

Arteta's side hold a slender 1-0 lead over their Greek counterparts going into the second leg of their last-32 tie at the Emirates.

And Charlie Nicholas has predicted how Arteta should line-up for the encounter.

But the Sky Sports pundit wants Pepe, who has struggled since arriving for a club-record £72million in the summer, dropped.

He told Sky Sports: “I do not think this is a certain win for Arsenal.

“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.

“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.

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“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.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.
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