Mikel Arteta calls Nicholas Pepe’s conduct unacceptable after Leeds red card | Football News
A furious Mikel Arteta called Nicolas Pepe’s conduct “unacceptable” after the Arsenal winger was sent off in the Gunners’ goalless draw at Leeds.
Arteta handed Pepe just his second Premier League start of the season but he failed to take his chance, incurring the wrath of his manager by seeing red.
The Ivory Coast international was seen headbutting Ezgjan Alioski, leaving referee Antony Taylor no chance but to brandish a red card following a VAR review.
Arteta fumed: “Considering how early we got Pepe sent off we have to take it. I never like a draw but in the circumstances, it’s a point. It is unacceptable.
“The first half there were two different periods. The game broke a bit, we started to give the ball away and led to them having the space to break. The second half it was a matter of defending well and staying patient and using the pace of our players in the space they were leaving.”
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