Charlie Nicholas slams Unai Emery’s decision to stick with ‘dreadful’ Nicolas Pepe against Watford

first_imgCeballos was replaced in the second half at Vicarage Road (Picture: Getty)‘It is starting to effect Ainsley Maitland-Niles and some of the other young players. Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock came on and could not keep the ball.‘It is the manager’s responsibility. He must resolve this and come to a conclusion on how to sort this out. [Kieran] Tierney, [Hector] Bellerin, and [Rob] Holding should play [against Eintracht Frankfurt].‘I would play them this week and take a defeat if it meant they got the game time they needed.’ Luiz has had a shaky start in Arsenal colours (Picture: Getty)‘What is the attraction to Sokratis Papastathopoulos? I would play Kieran Tierney on Thursday and see if Hector Bellerin could start too. Regarding Sunday’s game against Watford, when you see David Luiz giving instructions with 20 minutes to go, you know you are in trouble.‘Konstantinos Mavropanos is still game time away from being fit. It would be the end if Shkodran Mustafi was to be brought back.‘We need to get Rob Holding, Bellerin and Tierney back into the side as soon as possible. I would take a hit and play these players to give them game time and let them get match fitness.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesEmery bizarelly claimed that he substituted Ceballos because he wanted to inject fresh impetus into his ‘struggling’ Arsenal side on a ‘very, very hot’ day.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players,’ he said after the final whistle.‘We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, to give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.’MORE: Unai Emery set to name strong Arsenal XI against Frankfurt with Bukayo Saka involved in training again Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Sep 2019 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Nicolas Pepe had a ‘dreadful’ game against Watford, says Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has criticised Unai Emery for substituting Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos instead of Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Watford.The Gunners looked to be cruising towards their third Premier League victory of the season as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a quickfire double in the first half at Vicarage Road.However, Watford’s players refused to give up under returning manager Quique Sanchez Flores and Tom Cleverley pulled a goal back for the home side just after the break.Arsenal’s defence looked increasingly shaky as the match wore on and Roberto Pereyra leveled from the spot in the 81st minute after being fouled by £8million summer signing David Luiz.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCeballos, Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi were all replaced before Watford found their equaliser and Nicholas believes Emery’s poor substitutions were partly to blame for Arsenal dropping points.The former Arsenal forward insists Pepe had an abysmal game and should have been hauled off instead.‘Nicolas Pepe was dreadful against Watford,’ Nicholas said in his Sky Sports column.‘How Emery took Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos off ahead of him [Pepe] was beyond me. Advertisement Advertisement Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watford is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The balance from midfield to front is not bad either, but it is scary how bad Arsenal are defensively. Charlie Nicholas slams Unai Emery’s decision to stick with ‘dreadful’ Nicolas Pepe against Watfordlast_img

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