Ian Wright tells Arsenal star he’s in ‘serious trouble’ with Mikel Arteta

Ian Wright has told Nicolas Pepe that he is in serious trouble with Mikel Arteta after his red card at the weekend.

Arsenal failed to win again in the Premier League when they took on Leeds United at Elland Road.

It ended 0-0, but the match was not without incident after Pepe was sent off for headbutting Ezgjan Alioski.

The Ivorian was afforded a rare start in the Premier League after complaining during the international break over a lack of chances.

But he may have spurned the trust shown in him by Arteta, who may keep him out of the team longer than his three-match ban permits.

After the match, the Spaniard simply stated that getting sent off was “unacceptable” and Arsenal legend Wright reckons Pepe is in hot water with the gaffer.

“It was one of those games where it didn’t really happen for Pepe,” Wright told DAZN.

“Alioski had his number and then there you go that’s it, he’s cracked. You’re not talking about a massive headbutt but you just can’t do that.

“Judging by his career up to this point for Arsenal that should be the last thing on his mind.

“He should be focusing on putting in the kind of shift that can get Arsenal the type of goals and assists they bought him for.

“To see him doing that after talking about getting more game time I think Mikel Arteta should pull him over hot coals, he should be in serious trouble for that. Serious trouble.”

Arteta has shown in the past he is happy to ostracise important players after leaving Mesut Ozil out of both his Premier League and Europa League squads.

Perhaps more worryingly for Pepe, Matteo Guendouzi was another who exhibited poor discipline after a red card against Brighton last season.

The Frenchman never played again and was offloaded to Hertha Berlin on loan in the transfer window.

It has been a sorry season for Arsenal’s club-record signing so far, managing just one Premier League goal during his limited time.

Summer arrival Willian has assumed the 25-year-old’s role in the team on the right-wing after joining from Chelsea.

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