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Arsenal boss Arteta puts arm around Pepe after red shocker; Euro call guaranteed

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will give Nicolas Pepe a chance to immediately move on from his red card at Leeds United by giving him a start in the Europa League clash at Molde on Thursday.

Pepe was dismissed in the seventh minute of the second half in Sunday's draw at Elland Road when he thrust his head in the direction of Leeds' Ezgjan Alioski.

The Times report that the Gunners boss won't fine the Ivorian for his indiscretion, and also won't drop him from the first-team squad entirely as he did with Matteo Guendouzi last season.

Willian has also faced the wrath of Arteta after he made a recent trip to Dubai, while Mesut Ozil remains cast out by the club.

Pepe will miss the Premier League matches against Wolves, Tottenham and Burnley over the next three weekends, but he will be available for the games against Molde, Rapid Vienna and Dundalk on the forthcoming Thursday nights.

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