At least that’s all we can gather, considering he started three defensive midfielders as Arsenal drew Manchester United on Monday. Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka, and Lucas Torreira earned starts. Alexandre Lacazette again missed out through injury.
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Pepe definitely had a poor match. It was a step back from his previous three matches, with a goal and an assist in those, and he certainly missed straight-forward chances to score a second Premier League goal.
“We have young players who can take confidence. (Saka) is progressing well but we need other players too. This is not the best in terms of points but one point can be good if we win next Sunday against Bournemouth. We are very happy with (Aubameyang) and he is with his goal. We need more players with the ability to score.”
The overall performance showed some progress, said Arsenal’s boss as the Gunners moved back into the Top Four. But it isn’t enough.
“I want more: More in the result and in the performance but we are progressing. We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box.”