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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can’t hide anger after ‘unacceptable’ Pepe red card

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could not hide his disappointment after Nicolas Pepe's red card against Leeds United.

The struggling Ivorian was sent for an early bath after headbutting opponent Ezgjan Alioski off the ball during the 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

Pepe's behaviour could see him struggle to get back into Arteta's side after suspension, with the Gunners boss fuming with his star player at full-time.

"Considering how early we got Pepe sent off we have to take it," he told Sky Sports.

"I never like a draw but in the circumstances it's a point. It is unacceptable. Unacceptable. At this level you cannot do it."

Speaking before kick-off, Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra insisted Pepe may just need time to settle properly in England, just as he did after arriving at Manchester United from Marseille.

"I have so much respect for the French league but you need a moment to adapt like myself," he said.

"When I joined Manchester United I thought I was the best left-back in the world, after my first game I realised Premier League is a different game.

"You just need to understand that."

Pepe recently admitted Arteta wanted him to be focused for the entirety of a match, something he failed to do today.

"My goal is to play more. Have a little more playing time," Pepe told French outlet Canal Plus recently.

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

"He [Arteta] wants me to be 100 per cent focused during the 90 minutes of the match.

Pepe has only found the net once in his last 14 games for Arsenal in the Premier League.

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