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Arsenal boss Arteta explains new Pepe role

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained why Nicolas Pepe started on the left-wing against Southampton on Tuesday.

The Spaniard decided to swap wingers Bukayo Saka and Pepe for the clash at St. Mary's, with both players ending up on the scoresheet in the 3-1 victory.

And Arteta believes Pepe is starting to look 'more settled and convincing' for the Gunners.

Questioned on his Pepe decision, Arteta said: "It was a little bit of the game plan, of how [Southampton] play and how we could expose them a little bit more.

“Nico's played on the right but played on the left today and I think he was really good. He looks much more settled and convincing. He looked more confident so overall I'm delighted.

"It was a really strong performance against a really good side. We started the game really strong, creating a big chance for Laca one against one with the keeper. He missed it and that was a big disappointment. Then at the other end of the pitch we conceded from a set-piece, but the team reacted the way we are."

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