Nicolas Pepe admits Arsenal frustrations

Nicolas Pepe admits Arsenal frustrations

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has admitted he is frustrated at lack of game time under Mikel Arteta. 

The 25-year-old is yet to fully settle at the London club, with the signing of Brazillian winger Willian further pushing him to the periphery. 

Speaking ahead of the international break, the Ivory Coast international said lack of game time is limiting him from showing his skills. 

“My goal is to play more. Have a little more playing time,” Pepe told Canal Plus.

“He [Arteta] wants me to be 100 percent focused during the 90 minutes of the match. Afterward, I see during training that I will be a substitute the following weekend.

“But the coach speaks to me, he also has assistants who are there for that. But it is frustrating for any player to be on the bench.”

Pepe added: “The coach makes his choices. It’s up to me to show him that I don’t have that role.”

The winger is currently with the Ivory Coast national team for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Madagascar. 

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