Peter Crouch sends message to Willian and Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal's FA Cup exit
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Peter Crouch sends message to Willian and Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal's FA Cup exit

Peter Crouch has told Arsenal duo Willian and Nicolas Pepe they can have no complaints if they are dropped again after the Gunners' FA Cup exit, after their abysmal displays.

Arsenal make the trip back to St.Mary's on Tuesday in the Premier League, but Crouch feels it is almost certain both players will be out of the side again after their latest performances.

"There’s been an upturn in fortunes for Arsenal but that’s largely because of the players who weren’t around today," Crouch told BT Sport.

"[Kieran] Tierney, [Emile] Smith Rowe, [Bukayo] Saka was left on the bench, [Alexandre] Lacazette, those are the players who have sort of kick-started Arsenal’s season, they weren’t there today and I think it showed."

Asked whether he thought Arteta would regret not playing Smith Rowe, Crouch replied: "Perhaps but you can’t be relying on kids can you?

"You’ve got Willian, Pepe, top players on the pitch you’d expect to do the job and players really that haven’t been in the starting XI with a point to prove, so you’d expect them to come here today hungry and showing the manager they don’t want kids to be playing in front of them.

"But I have to say that didn’t happen and they can’t be knocking on the manager’s door when they’re dropped here again on Tuesday."

Southampton have now progressed to the fifth round where they will meet Wolves, while Arsenal's FA Cup defense ended prematurely.

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