Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urged to drop Nicolas Pepe
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urged to drop Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urged to drop Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe should be dropped by manager Mikel Arteta for the crunch Europa League clash with Olympiakos on Thursday night.

According to Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, Gabriel Martinelli should start the game in the crunch tie where they are holding a slender 1-0 lead over their Greek counterparts.

"I do not think this is a certain win for Arsenal. Mikel Arteta will sit and read into the fact that they let in two against Everton. Bernd Leno gets Arsenal out of a lot of holes but he did slip up for the second goal.

"Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette will come in I think. You have to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his goals. Will Nicolas Pepe get another run? Probably. Does he deserve it? Probably not. I would probably look at Gabriel Martinelli.

"The game against Manchester City has been postponed as they are in the Carabao Cup final, which means Arsenal can go at it and get into the last 16.

"You can still see the mess at the back, but Arteta will change things again. Sokratis Papastathopoulos may come in, while Hector Bellerin may drop out.

"You have to play Bukayo Saka at the back. This side has got its attacking side back and got its mojo back in that respect. Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos," Charlie told Sky Sports.

The game is important to Arsenal as a Europa League win will guarantee them a place in next season’s Champions League.

They are currently placed ninth in the Premier League and trails fourth-placed Chelsea by seven points, the European competition represents arguably the best chance for Arteta's side to secure Champions League football next season.

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