Mikel Arteta shown how to get the best out of Nicolas Pepe as Arsenal transfer mistake laid bare


Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Tuesday, May 25.

Arteta shown how to get the best from Pepe

Nicolas Pepe has finished the season in blistering form with five goals in his last three Premier League appearances, but Mikel Arteta has already been shown how to get the best out of the Ivorian.

What Arteta must do now is to learn the lessons of past mistakes and to make sure he does not repeat them as he prepares his team for next season.

Given Arsenal’s lack of European football for the first time in 25 years, there is no excuse for Arteta not to have the team playing exactly how he wants them due to the extra time afforded to him on the training field.

One thing he has to do now is to get the best out of Pepe on a consistent basis, read more here.


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Joe Willock transfer mistake

Joe Willock’s sensation loan spell at Newcastle has highlighted a key transfer mistake Arteta made this season.

The Spaniard has not been able to find a system that gets the best out of the youngster’s talent, something that Magpies boss Steve Bruce has shown him how to do.

Willock’s future remains undecided but Gunners fans will be hoping he can return to The Emirates and replicate his Newcastle form in the red of Arsenal next season.

Read more here.

Bellerin opens up on mental health issues

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has opened up about the mental health issues he felt when dealing with a major injury and how he turned to alcohol to help him deal with the problem.

Speaking to Timsby Youtube channel Bellerin said: “It was the first time that I had got injured like that, and I had friends and teammates that had gone through it before, I had my family next to me, but I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen to me.

“I talk about an experience when I came back and I wasn’t really training and I started going out a lot.

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“I started drinking and all this stuff and you know for a footballer that’s not what you’re supposed to say, but it’s the truth.

“We have our issues, we have our mental health problems. And when football, which is basically your identity gets taken out of you, we find it difficult.

“Obviously London is a town that offers a lot of distractions and it’s really easy when you don’t feel you have a responsibility – obviously I knew I had to recover, but I didn’t have to train or play – my mind kind of just went elsewhere.”





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