Pepe started and scored in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Irish minnows Dundalk in the Emirates on Thursday night, but has only appeared in a Premier League roster once under Arteta this season, playing just 200 minutes of league football through the six Gunners. corresponds to this day.
Arteta has repeatedly offered Pepe public encouragement on his potential at the club, but addressing the media after the Ivorian international’s spotty performance in his Europa League win, he admitted his consistency should improve. before being certain of more minutes.
“He hasn’t been the first pick in every game yet, but he’s played a lot of times,” he said. “Some have been better than others.
“It’s about finding consistency, not across games but also during games to be more incisive, and doing the right things over and over again when he has to make the right decision on the pitch.
“It has nothing to do with his attitude. He’s a risk-taking player, a very creative player – that’s the hardest thing in football, when the opposition knows what you can do, how much they want to prevent space and create situations. from there, it’s complicated.
“But sometimes it’s the simple things, the deliveries, the amount of situations he’s able to create or attract and make the right decision to keep moving that phase of the game. For example, the finish, the position inside the box, it should be more consistent. We are working on it and we hope it will do so much more effectively. “
Arteta: We made it look easy
Arteta insisted Arsenal made life easy against Dundalk despite registering just six shots on target in the 90 minutes and not testing Gary Rogers until the 34th minute. , their three goals fitting into a quality four-minute blitz either side of half-time. .
He said: “I think we made it look easy because we were very disciplined, we took it seriously from the start.
“We’ve seen in other games if you’re not 100 percent what can happen. We made a lot of changes, we gave a lot of opportunities to the players who deserve it and I think they performed well.
“We have a great team and I wanted to give opportunities to everyone, they were patient and well trained. Today they have proven they are well prepared when we need them. They made it harder for me for selection. I am very happy. for their performance and how they reacted today. ”