Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that winger Nicolas Pepe has a future at the club.
There have been reports that the Spaniard wasn’t impressed by the Ivory Coast international following his sending off over the weekend in their clash against Leeds United but speaking ahead of their Thursday Europa League against Molde, Arteta insisted the player is still part of his plans.
“We’ve all had disappointing reactions in our careers and obviously we were frustrated because when you play against a team like Leeds for a long time with 10 men, it makes a huge difference.
“He (Pépé) had a really good reaction, the way he apologized, the way he understood his responsibility and hopefully tomorrow we can see the player that we want to see and have a good reaction to help his team,” Arteta told reporters.
Asked if the 25-year-old had apologised privately, he added: “Absolutely, he did it. He did it personally and he did it publicly. That’s done. Let’s move on.”
Arsenal faces the Norwegian side knowing that a point is enough for them to make it to the next round of the competition with Pepe, who is to miss the club’s next three league games expected to be given a run in the game.