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Pepe calls on Arsenal team-mates to step up

Pepe calls on Arsenal team-mates to step up

After an embarrassment at home by Manchester City, Nicolas Pepe has called on his Arsenal teammates to step up and find a response in their next match.

The summer record signing has refused to point the finger of blame at interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg and instead says as a squad, they need to do better. Ljungberg replaced Unai Emery following his sacking last month but has won just one of his four games at the helm as a poor run of form continues.

"Us players have to do better quickly. We have won only one game out of the last 12. It is not enough, we are Arsenal. It is about us, not the coach or anything else. We have to wake up quickly, starting against Everton,” the club-record signing said.

"Freddie tries hard, he talks to us, but nothing has changed much in terms of results. It's down to us the players, not the coach,” he added.

The Gunners slumped to a 3-0 home defeat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday as Kevin De Bruyne's first-half masterclass tore them to shreds. The Belgium international struck twice, either side of teeing up Raheem Sterling for the second, as Pep Guardiola's side eased to victory in north London.

While the result sees City move to within four points of second-placed Leicester, Arsenal is now as close to the relegation zone as they are to the top four.