Alan Shearer slams Nicolas Pepe for his performance against Everton

Arsenal suffered their eighth defeat in the Premier League against a resurgent Everton side to pile more misery on Mikel Arteta. The Gunners couldn’t create any clear-cut chances once again and Alan Shearer believes lack of urgency and commitment from Arsenal players are the reasons for it.

Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, Shearer said “Twelve goals in the Premier League all season and this is why. No options and when the ball goes wide. Have a look at Pepe, not prepared to get in at all, he’s jogging, sometimes walking.

He’s got to do more, he’s got to try to get on the end of it. Look at Pepe on the right-hand side, quite content to sit out there. He’s not bothered at all to try to break his neck to get in and get on the end of it and score goals.

No wonder they are not creating chances, no wonder they are not scoring goals when he’s going that sort of thing. It’s not just him, there are few players in that team not giving everything for the manager. They’re never going to score goals playing like that.”

The latest defeat has put Arteta’s job under serious pressure as Arsenal supporters are frustrated with their team’s performance. However, former Arsenal player Ian Wright believes the club must back Arteta during this challenging time and bring in new players in January. Speaking to DAZN, Wright said “I think they’ve come out and backed him, and rightly so. He’s a good coach and they’re going to have to have to do something for him in January. I think with the current players he’s got, I’m not saying Arsenal are going to go down, of course I’m not saying that. If you can’t arrest that slide, you will get dragged in. And then you’re going to be under real pressure to get yourselves out of it, then people have to perform to a certain level to get yourselves out of it.

Arsenal are going through a phase at the moment where they do not seem to be able to create the kind of chances that are giving them opportunities to score, so they have to be exemplary in another area and it’s defending.

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