• Pépé was sent off against Leeds last Sunday
  • ‘I will give Nico my full support all the time’

Nicolas Pépé’s Arsenal future is “in his hands”, according to Mikel Arteta, who rejected any suggestion the forward’s days at the club might be numbered after his red card at Leeds on Sunday.

Pépé has largely frustrated since a club-record £72m move from Lille in August 2019 and he exasperated his manager when he was dismissed for a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski on his recall to the starting XI at Elland Road. He has apologised and Arteta scotched the notion the player’s Arsenal career is on the line.

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