Arteta lashes out at Pepe after red card against Leeds

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has labelled Nicolas Pepe’s conduct “unacceptable”, after he was sent off in their 0-0 draw with Leeds United on Sunday.

Pepe was handed just his second start in the Premier League but failed to take his chance.

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The Ivory Coast international headbutted Ezgjan Alioski, leaving referee Antony Taylor no chance but to show him a red card following a VAR review.

Speaking after the game, Arteta said: “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.

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“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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