Arteta asks for consistency from Nicolas Pepe

The Ivory Coast international, who joined Arsenal last summer for a then record £72m has featured only once under Mikel Arteta in the Premier League this season. The winger, who started and scored against Irish minnows Dundalk in the Europa League has been asked by his manager to perform consistently in order to earn a place in the starting lineup.

The Spaniard added, “He’s not been first choice in all of the games at the moment but he’s played a lot of moments, and some have been better than others. It’s about finding the consistency, not through the games but during the games as well to be more incisive, and do the right things on many occasions when he has to make the right decision on the pitch.”

It’s nothing to do with his attitude. He’s a player who takes risks, a very creative player – that’s the most difficult thing in football, when the opposition know what you can do, how much they want to prevent the space, and creating situations from that is complicated. But sometimes it’s the simple things, the deliveries, the amount of situations he’s able to create or attract and then make the right decision to keep evolving that phase of play. For example, the finishing, the position inside the box, he has to be more consistent at it. We’re working on it, and hopefully he will be doing it much more efficiently.”

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