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Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe spoken to by coach Albert Stuivenberg after Leeds United match

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CBS Sports journalist James Benge spotted that Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe was given a ‘dressing down’ after the club’s most recent game. 

Over the weekend, the Gunners claimed a tense 2-1 victory over Leeds United in the Premier League. After striking twice inside the first 10 minutes through Eddie Nketiah, Mikel Arteta and co were then handed a further boost as Luke Ayling was given a straight red card for a poor four on Gabriel Martinelli.

However, the home team couldn’t make the most of their advantage and failed to add another goal to their tally. In the end, Leeds even managed to pull one back – making for a nervous end to the game.

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With only a goal between them, goalkeeper Illan Meslier even came up for a corner but when Arsenal cleared it, Pepe had the chance to net the winner. Inexplicably, though, with the goal at his mercy, albeit from the halfway line, he attempted to turn back onto his stronger left foot, only to be tackled and miss the opportunity.

Perhaps with that in mind, Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg supposedly had words with the winger after the match.

Indeed, writing on Twitter, Benge said: “Pepe getting a dressing down from Albert Stuivenberg at the final whistle.”

TIF thoughts on Nicolas Pepe and Arsenal…
According to the BBC player ratings, Pepe was the lowest scoring Arsenal player on the day with just a 5.3o rating to show for after poor his cameo.
With that in mind, it’s not too difficult to see why he’s started just five Premier League games all season – registering just one goal and one assists in 18 total appearances.
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And, having failed to impress in this latest game, it’s hard to see him breaking into the team before the end of the season. Whatever, Stuivenberg told him, the Ivorian will need to have taken it on board – if not, he could be on the way out of the club soon, especially with rumours circulating about his future.

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