ARSENAL went down to an abject 1-0 loss at Sheffield United.
Unai Emery's Gunners remain outside the top four after missing the chance to go third, with Pepe fluffing a sitter from inside the six yard box.
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ARSENAL legend Ian Wright has slammed Unai Emery's suggestion that his toothless side “didn't deserve to lose” at newly-promoted Sheffield United.
But despite Arsenal's awful display, Emery told Sky Sports after the game: “We did not deserve to lose and we conceded a lot of corners in the first half and they scored in one action.
“Above all, we have to improve by not allowing balls like that. When we have our opportunities to attack, we created more chances than them but did not score today.
“We deserved more from the game but they have conceded the least goals in the Premier League and it was going to be difficult if they scored first. We tried in the second half, created three good chances to score.”
Highbury legend Ian Wright was having none of it, however, and tweeted: “He really said “we didn't deserve to lose”!!!!!! kmt”.
UNAI EMERY did not pull any punches when analysing Arsenal's defeat to Sheffield United, aiming fire at Nicolas Pepe for another drab performance.
The Ivorian has struggled to set at the Emirates Stadium since joining from Lille for £72m.
He was mostly at fought for missing a clear chance while the game was goalless.
Emery said after the match: “The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key.
“Because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team.
“Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.
“Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chanc
FIFTEEN players have cost more than Nicolas Pepe in the history of our Beautiful Game, including Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku twice.
Of those, two were centre-backs – Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire – and the rest were strikers, wingers or attack-minded midfielders: the likes of Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Kylian Mbappe.
It really is an elite list.
Pepe fits into the second category: wingers. Wingers score and create goals, right. Well, they are supposed to, anyway.
And tonight he started to show glimpses of why Arsenal forked out £72million for his signature in the summer.
Some decent dribbles, a nice bit of trickery and a free-kick Dean Henderson threw his proverbial cap on.
But Arsenal did not pay £72m for this.
They paid £72m for goals. They paid £72m for assists. They paid £72m for returns. And so far they are not getting that.
MIKEL ARTETA, Patrick Vieira and Nuno Espirito Santo are among the favourites to replace under-pressure Unai Emery as Arsenal boss.
Gunners fans were fuming after they lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in a limp performance — showing so little fight after being just a goal behind.
The likes of Freddie Ljungberg, Max Allegri and Brendan Rodgers are also on the list.
Former Gunners and Everton midfielder Arteta — who is current assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City — has the shortest odds at 5-1, along with Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo at the same price.
Ex-Highbury midfield commander Patrick Vieira is slightly longer at 6-1, while Brendan Rodgers is 7-1.
At 33-1 is legendary forward Thierry Henry, Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard and last night's victorious Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.
ARSENAL defender David Luiz has revealed a disagreement with Frank Lampard led to his Chelsea exit.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Luiz said: “Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him.
“His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: “OK, we move on”. In an honest way, in a mature way.
“We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together.
“It was done in a mature way.”
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