Arteta impressed by Nicolas Pepe after man-of-the-match performance against Molde
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Arteta impressed by Nicolas Pepe after man-of-the-match performance against Molde

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has challenged Nicolas Pepe to keep hitting high levels similar to those he managed on Thursday during a Europa League match.  

The winger was shown a straight red card in the Premier League on Sunday but was thrown into the fray as Arsenal played away to Molde on Thursday night. 

The Ivory Coast international put in a polished performance, capping it with a goal as  Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners, Arteta was delighted with the response.

"I am really pleased. After the disappointment of something negative, you want to see a reaction and I could see from the first minute with his body language that he was ready to act," our manager said.

"I think he had a great performance, he scored one goal and could have scored another one or two. He created some good moments in the game and worked really hard for the team, so I really like it, I am pleased with that.

"We all know what his level, and all the time the question is how often he can get to that level and how he contributes to other aspects of the game.

"Today is the example of the level he needs to hit, and he needs to keep doing it because he is capable of it and you can see that every time he gets in those positions in the final third, he is a real threat and a very difficult player to control because he can go with his feet, he can come inside, he can shoot, he can create crosses and he can go in behind you as well. That is what we can expect from him."

The win in Norway saw safe passage for the Gunners into the last 32, and attention now shifts to the Premier League with a home match against Wolves on Sunday. 

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