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'Pepe’s been a real threat, he needs to continue'

Pepe and Arteta

It may have been a hard result to swallow at Wolves, but one major positive was another impressive showing from Nicolas Pepe.

The Ivorian forward has been in fine form lately, and scored a superb opener at Molineux - and Mikel Arteta has called on him to continue in this vein.

"Even when we made decisions not to play him, he kept working hard," our manager said. "He has improved in a lot of areas and has been much more consistent for 90 minutes.

"He's a threat at the moment because he's been scoring goals, he's been assisting players, he's been a real threat. He needs to continue doing that.

"At the end of the day, we have to play the players who are in the best form and everybody has to earn the right to play and participate in the games. That's what everybody's doing, pushing each other to raise the level.

"You can see that the level has been raised because everybody is playing at their best. There's still room for improvement so everybody has to keep pushing."

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