Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to react after spotting how Mikel Arteta reacted to a touch from Nicolas Pepe during the 1-0 win over Norwich.
What’s the story?
Well, Arsenal have released their touchline footage from the 1-0 win on Saturday, their first Premier League victory of the season.
In the footage, we see one moment where Ben White hits a wonderful pass out to Pepe on the right flank, where a good touch would isolate him with one Norwich defender inside the box.
However, the £72m man takes quite a clunky touch, which bounces away from the box and allows a few Norwich defenders to get back.
When this happens, footage clearly shows an agitated Arteta spinning his arm around on the touchline, gesturing for Pepe to speed things up a bit.
In the end, the 81st minute moment shows the Ivory Coast international cutting inside and ballooning a shot well over the crossbar.
Will Nicolas Pepe survive at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta?
It never really seems as if Pepe has taken to life under Arteta.
As seen in the footage, Arteta is a perfectionist, while Pepe still has plenty of rough edges to his game – clearly, this isn’t an ideal situation.
For example, the touch wasn’t awful. It got the ball under control, and gave Pepe a chance to shoot.
However, Arteta clearly wants dynamism, and for every touch to matter.
It’s something he will have to coach into the Ivorian at London Colney.
Having said that, the pair have worked together for a while now, so you’d expect this issue to already be ironed out.
For now, let’s see what the Arsenal fans on Twitter have been saying about Arteta’s reaction to Pepe’s touch…
Arteta’s reaction says it all really pic.twitter.com/K3D8wCWmlo— Naif 🇵🇸 (@NA1F_A55AF) September 13, 2021
we need Gnabry or Neto next summer because this is a huge problem https://t.co/VR4PGfI97x— 5️⃣ (@5iveOJ) September 13, 2021
No way looooooooool— Full time wrestling fan (@downbadsir) September 13, 2021
This was exactly my reaction in the stadium. He’s SO slow with it! Once he gets going, he’s frightening but he’s just so frustrating some times— Amar ☬ (@AmarD08) September 13, 2021
Arteta's spot on. Pepe should have brought it down with the inside of his right foot. Small detail, but it's the difference between a 1v1 inside the box and a 2v1 around the edge of the box.— Jameswalsh1001 (@jameswalsh1001) September 14, 2021
Totally slowed down play there and Arteta has every right to be frustrated.. other wingers would be in the box already— SC (@_ManLikeSammie_) September 14, 2021