Arsenal star can send Mikel Arteta message vs Aston Villa amid Bukayo Saka injury concern – Diverse Bulletin

Arguably Arsenal’s best performance of late was the 3-1 North London derby win over Spurs, in which Pepe played no part, with Saka turning in a fine performance on the right while Emile Smith-Rowe excelled on the left.

The combination of the two youngsters on the flanks, with Aubameyang leading the line and Odegaard pulling the strings centrally, appears to be Arsenal’s most balanced attacking set-up.

And the fact that the Pepe is not part of that equation will not sit well as the clock ticks for the club’s record signing.

If Arsenal are deprived of star man Saka on Friday, Pepe must show he can keep hold of that right-wing spot by replicating his early energy against Palace for the whole game.

Otherwise, it will be hard to see where he fits in as Arteta continues to build for the future.

The Fort News