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Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta’s Eddie Nketiah verdict as Nicolas Pepe tells it all

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has lashed out at striker Eddie Nketiah after he fired his side to win against Leeds United, but Nicolas Pepe has come under fire

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Mikel Arteta spoke enthusiastically about Eddie Nketiah after the striker fired the Gunners to a 2-1 Premier League win over Leeds United on Sunday.

Nketiah took advantage of Illan Meslier’s poor touch to close the keeper and bring the ball home for the hosts in Sunday’s early encounter. He then doubled the advantage with a well-shot finish from 12 yards as he turned home Gabriel Martinelli’s low cross.

Luke Ayling was then sent off after a VAR check for a two-footed lunge at Martinelli before Diego Llorente at the back post deflected a Junior Firpo throw-in from a corner. It wasn’t all positive news for Arsenal, however, as manager Albert Stuivenberg severely rebuked Nicolas Pepe from the touchline.

And Gunners boss Arteta has now spoken about Nketiah’s impressive performance.

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Leeds talking points

Arsenal boosted their Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win over 10-man Leeds, with Eddie Nketiah’s brace sending the visitors into the Premier League relegation zone.

Eddie Nketiah’s goal was just enough to give Arsenal a 2-1 win over 10-man Leeds, propelling them to European top-flight football near the end of a five-year wait. Despite Luke Ayling being sent off before the half-hour, Leeds pulled one back through Diego Llorente but slipped into the last three of the Premier League after Everton beat Leicester City.

It was a game full of talking points, including Meslier’s nightmare moment and Nketiah’s brace.

Read the whole story here.

Pepe is talking

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe was scolded by assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg after the club’s 2-1 win over Leeds United.

Pepe was brought on by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to replace Bukayo Saka on the right wing in the 68th minute but had little impact on the game. And the striker infuriated Stuivenberg in the final minutes as Arsenal sat back to defend the lead.

Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier came from behind for a corner in the 90th minute, but a poor corner saw Pepe pick up the loose ball on the edge of his own box. The Ivory Coast international then tried to cut back to his stronger left foot instead of hitting the ball with his right foot down the center line, allowing Daniel James a tackle.

And Stuivenberg was furious at Pepe’s inability to take advantage of the situation.

Read the whole story here.

Arteta’s Judgment on Nketiah

Mikel Arteta says everyone at Arsenal “adores” Eddie Nketiah after the striker scored twice to propel his side to a 2-1 win over Leeds United.

The Gunners face the very real prospect of losing Nketiah for nothing at the end of the season as his contract with the Emirates expires this summer. But the England U21 star has slipped back into Arteta’s side in recent weeks and proved a match winner against Leeds.

And Arteta says the striker “did what he’s been doing all season” and declared “that’s why we worship him”.

Read the whole story here.

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