Arsenal fans make Nicolas Pepe demand to Mikel Arteta amid midfield struggles

Arsenal are without a win in the Premier League since the 1-0 win over Manchester United on November 1, and underwhelmed in the games against Aston Villa and Leeds. The Gunners take on Molde this evening though, knowing a win might kick start an upturn in form.

Arsenal fans are demanding Mikel Arteta give Nicolas Pepe a new role amid their recent midfield struggles.

The Gunners failed to beat Aston Villa and Leeds in their recent meetings, with their men in the middle of the park coming in for criticism in particular.

So ahead of this evening’s Europa League clash with Molde, some fans reckon Arteta should go back to the drawing board and go with a different tactical approach.

Many feel that switching to a 4-4-2 formation would be a good idea, based on previous results.

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And that would see usual-winger Pepe play up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Alexandre Lacazette would likely drop to the bench.

Both men have played alongside the Frenchman as wingers in a front three most typically, though that method has not proved successful in recent weeks.

Taking to the r/Gunners Reddit page, one fan wrote: “What formation did we play vs Liverpool away in Emery’s second season? The one where it looked like Pepe was the one up top. It looked like 442.

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“It’s probably the best game I’ve seen him play for us. He did it all minus finishing. Almost that Lille PSG game but where he finishes.

“If it was 442, he should be tried central again.”

While a second added: “It’s probably the best game I’ve seen him play for us.”

“4-4-2 variation with Auba and Pepe as CFs would be my go to,” a third contributed.

But others felt it was a bad move, insisting that the issue was not necessarily the formation.

“Please no feels like every few days somebody suggested this outdayed tactic we don’t even have the players for,” one supporter countered.

As a second put: “Honestly I think the amount of tinkering is part of the problem right now.”

“It does not matter one bit what formation we have if we keep playing negative,” a slightly gloomy third replied. “We could switch to a 442 and still keep passing sideways.”

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