Arsenal-Slavia Prague: "It is not explicable", Pépé’s regrets after a disappointing draw

Nicolas Pépé expressed his disappointment at RMC Sport’s microphone after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at home against Slavia Prague on Thursday evening in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

“Of course it’s a shame, given the match.” Nicolas Pépé had his face closed after Arsenal’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final first leg. The Ivorian striker had yet delivered the London club in the 86th minute. But the Czechs equalized from a corner at the last minute, in added time. “We did the hardest, and we retreated without knowing why. We gave up ground. It’s unfortunate, but we still have a second leg. It’s not over,” said the former Thursday night. Losc striker at the microphone of RMC Sport.

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Asked about this blunder at the end, Nicolas Pépé felt that it was “not explicable”. “The experience plays. It’s something that will serve us later. We will continue to learn, because it is not easy to play under pressure.”

“We should have folded the game earlier”

“We should not have conceded this corner, also declared Mikel Arteta, the coach of the Gunners. With the quality we have, we should have folded the match earlier.”

“I believe in my team, we are capable of winning there,” added the Spanish technician, while Slavia Prague has not lost for more than two years at home on the European scene. “It’s complicated there”, admitted Nicolas Pépé, however convinced that Arsenal has “the team to repot this match there”.

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