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Arteta Should Bench Pepe Vs Olympiacos – Charlie Nicholas

Nicolas PepeNicholas Pepe has to be benched by Arsenal for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 clash vs Olympiacos, Charlie Nicholas has said.

Charlie believes the Ivory Coast winger has run out of chances at the club and deserves to be dropped for another player.

According to him, he would start Gabriel Martinelli for fresh ideas and new inspiration in Europe to take advantage of the EPL match vs City that was postponed due to the Carabao Cup final.

He added that the London club really needs to do everything possible to reach the last 16 of the UEL and fight to win the European competition.

His words, “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.”

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