Nicolas Pépé started in just one of Arsenal’s eight Premier League games, entered the field in six more, and stayed on the bench for 90 minutes once. In the midst of this scenario, the 25-year-old striker showed his discomfort with the fact of not acting so much.

“My goal is to play more, to have a little longer playing time,” said the Ivorian / Frenchman to the French broadcaster Canal Plus. “A player who plays is happy. For me, I would like to play a little more to have a smile on my face again ”.

“He (Arteta) wants me to be 100% focused during the 90 minutes of the match. Afterward, I see during training that I will be booking the following weekend. But the coach talks to me, he also has assistants who are there for that. But it is frustrating for any player to be on the bench”, he said.