Nicolas Pepe set for Arsenal exit after 'altercation' spotted - Campbell
Kevin Campbell has claimed Nicolas Pepe’s days at Arsenal are “numbered” after a “frustrating” cameo against Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said the 26-year-old is “not trusted” by Mikel Arteta.
Pepe played 22 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday.
Gunners assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg gave the winger a dressing down on the pitch after the full-time whistle.
As quoted by Football.London (8 May), Arteta explained that Pepe’s decision to turn back when through on goal in the final stages of the game baffled his bench.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the altercation between Pepe and Stuivenberg, Campbell said: “Look, Pepe is frustrated.
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“I don’t think he endeared himself to a lot of people trying to nutmeg players on the half-way line when there was a clear run on goal.
“But he plays his way. That is the problem. He is not going to change. I think that is why he hasn’t been too involved. His way of playing isn’t trusted by Mikel Arteta. Pepe is very gifted though, make no mistake about it.
“There was an altercation but that is going to happen. At the end of the day, people will tell you what they think. You are supposed to be doing what is right for the team. I understand the altercation.
“There is frustration there with Pepe. His days are numbered as far as I am concerned.”