Nicolas Pepe hit for his ‘idiotic’ behavior from Gary Lineker and Ian Wright after seeing red for a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski during Arsenal’s draw with Leeds, while Twitter responds to Ivorian’s moment of madness.
- Nicolas Pepe headed Ezgjan Alioski early in the second half on Elland Road
- Pepe will now miss three games, including the North London derby next month
- The Gunners held their ground despite only having ten men, as Leeds failed to score
Nicolas Pepe’s career at Arsenal has yet to take off following his £ 71m move from Lille in the summer of 2019 and he will have to wait a little longer before trying to impress after being given a straight red card for his headbutt against Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United.
It boiled after 50 minutes on Elland Road on Sunday, when the pair switched before Pepe made the decisive contact, with Alioski quickly falling to the ground as Reiss Nelson headed in with the ball.
Referee Anthony Taylor stopped playing when the North Macedonia held his face and after watching the images on the monitor on the field, waved the red card to give Pepe an early bath.
Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski pushed each other before the Ivorian lost his head completely
Arsenal have sent five players away from the Premier League since Mikel Arteta took the lead
Unsurprisingly, fans were quick to speak up when an avalanche of comments ensued, with ‘Ffs Pepe’ trending on Twitter.
Gary Lineker and Ian Wright kept it short and sweet:
Some notable Arsenal fans offered scathing reviews of Pepe’s actions:
A quote from Pepe’s from earlier this month about more games carried away:
Other Gooners tried to see the funny side despite the annoying situation:
Despite being one man down for nearly half the game, Mikel Arteta’s men were resolutely on the defensive and held their own for a 0-0 draw to finish 11th, while Leeds finished 14th.
Pepe will now miss the North London derby, along with home games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley on either side of that crucial game.
Arsenal could progress to the Europa League knockout stages on Thursday if they avoid a defeat in Norway against Molde, while Leeds’ next assignment is a tough trip to Everton on Saturday.