Arsenal supporters were left furious after they missed out on an opportunity to move within one point of fourth place West Ham.
Victory against a struggling Everton side would have seen Mikel Arteta’s Gunners leapfrog Manchester United and Tottenham into fifth position, where they would have been breathing down the neck of Champions League qualification.
However, Rafa Benitez’s side found an extra gear in the final ten minutes, as an 80th minute goal from Richarlison and an injury time pile-driver from Demarai Gray saw them overcome the North Londoners 2-1.
One of the key talking points was Arteta’s decision to introduce Eddie Nketiah from the bench and leave former £72m man Nicolas Pepe on the bench.
While a lot of Arsenal fans were baffled by the decision, many have also supported their manager’s decision, with one claiming Pepe “can have no complaints”.
“There was a stat flying about I’d say around a month ago that Pepe was right up there with the most appearances under Arteta. I’m sorry but he can have no complaints he’s had so many chances,” said one Arsenal fan.
“LOL guys we are not seriously having a go at Arteta for keeping Pepe on the bench,” said another Arsenal supporter.
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“He has been benched by every manager he’s played under at Arsenal. There’s plenty of things to criticise Arteta for but this ain’t one of them.”
“Right come on now. Let's not pretend that he hasn't been downright awful every time he's played this season,” added another stern critic of the Ivorian.
Pepe has been un unused substitute for Arsenal’s last five Premier League matches.
His last league appearance came in their 2-0 away win against Leicester City on the 30th October.
The former Lille winger is currently stuck behind the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in the wide midfielder pecking order.
Arsenal’s loss to Everton means they are now languishing in seventh position, four points away from the top four.
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