Here is your Arsenal Morning Digest for Friday, November 27th.
Ardeta Molde gives judgment on the Pepe display in the win
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Nicolas Pepe’s performance in the 0-0 win over Molde was an “example” of the level he could reach.
The winger, who was sent off for a reckless headbutt in last week’s defeat at Leeds United, made an eye-catching performance as the Gunners confirmed their place in the Europa League knockout stage.
Asked about Pepe’s impact against Mope, Arteta said: “We all know what his level is. The question all the time is how often he can reach that level and how often he can contribute to other aspects of the game.
“Today’s example is. The level he has to hit should be level and then he has to keep improving because he is capable of doing it.”
Pepe publicly apologized after his red card on Allende Road and will not be available for Arsenal’s next three league games.
“After the disappointment, you really want to see something fast and I can see his body language from the first minute that he is ready to act,” Arteta added.
“I think he had a great performance. He scored a goal. He would have scored another one or two, made some great moments in the game and worked really hard on the team. I really liked it and I’m so happy for it. “
Arsenal fans react to Balgun’s goal
Arsenal fans reached out on social media to congratulate Follerin Balogan for his first goal for the club after his victory over Arsenal’s Europa League Molde.
The 19-year-old forward opened the account for his second appearance for the Gunners in just 37 seconds after being presented as a second-half substitute.
Balogun has been the subject of speculation of a possible exit, with his contract set to expire next year, but Arsenal fans clearly expect him to have a big future and some want him to overtake Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Niketia.
Here is what the supporters said.
Arsenal academy graduates impress in Norway
Arsenal have included eight academy graduates in their squad for last night’s 3-0 win over Molde in the Europa League.
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Balogun, who scored in the second half, Emile Smith Rowe, Miguel Aziz and Ben Cottrell, who were influenced by the No. 10 role, joined the bench in the 3-0 victory.
Arteta, meanwhile, also picked home stars Joe Willock, Eddie Nicetia and Ainslie Maitland-Niles in his starting XI.
Of these academy players, Willock has been the longest at Arsenal, joining the club at just four years old.
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