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Mikel Arteta tells Nicolas Pepe how to secure starting spot after scoring in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday

In Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international scored the only goal of the match. Notably, Pepe has struggled to justify his 72million transfer fee following his move to the Gunners this summer. Mikel Arteta said he is happy for him and also for his contribution towards the team. “I am really happy…you made a huge contribution to our team,” added Artena.

I demanded them on matchday to be completely focused and determined to make the impact when they have the chance to play, and that is exactly what he has done. ‘I think it is another step forward for him…he is capable of doing that but needs to do it with consistency,’ I said. The team are going to put this on him later.