Lee Dixon’s brutal response to Nicolas Pepe’s Mikel Arteta grumblings

Lee Dixon gave a brutal response to Nicolas Pepe's message to Mikel Arteta over game-time.

The Arsenal forward was signed for a club-record £72m in the summer and was expected to make a huge impact.

But this campaign, he has started just one Premier League match and has largely been used from the bench.

New arrival Willian has been Arteta's main man on the wing, partnered with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

It has left Pepe on the sidelines, and over the international break he has voiced his frustrations.

"My goal is to play more. To have a little more playing time," the 25-year-old told French channel Canal Plus.

But Arsenal legend Dixon has shut the Ivorian down in just three words.

On Twitter, he responded to the comments by stating: "Play better then."

After Arsenal's defeat to Aston Villa, serious questions were asked of Willian's form – who has looked out of sorts after his star debut against Fulham.

The Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Dean Smith's side and the hosts could only muster two shots.

Pepe has insisted he is able to play a more important role than the one he currently finds himself in.

"A player who plays is happy. For me, I would like to play a little more to find a smile again," he said.

"He (Arteta) wants me to be 100 per cent focused during the 90 minutes of the match. Afterwards, I see during training that I will be a substitute the following weekend.

"But the coach speaks to me, he also has assistants who are there for that. But it is frustrating for any player to be on the bench.

"A super-sub role? The coach makes his choices. It's up to me to show him that I don't have that role."

Arsenal find themselves 11th in the Premier League but have a chance to put that right when they face Leeds United next Sunday.

In eight league matches, they have won four and lost four.

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