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Mikel Arteta tells Nicolas Pepe how to replace Willian in Arsenal team

The winger has only made one start in the Premier League so far this season (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has told Nicolas Pepe he needs to keep on improving his end product if he wants to nudge ahead of Willian in the Arsenal pecking order and cement a place in the starting XI.

The Ivory Coast winger has been limited to just one start in the Premier League so far this season and was an unused substitute in the Gunners’ victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He started his third straight game in the Europa League on Thurday night though and scored an excellent finish in a 4-1 victory over Molde, meaning he has scored or assisted every 60 minutes in Europe this season.

Pepe scored and assisted in a strong display against Molde (Picture: Getty)

By comparison, Willian has not contributed to a goal since the opening day of the season against Fulham, though Arteta still says Pepe has plenty of work to do if he wants to usurp the veteran Brazilian.

Asked what Pepe needs to do to start in the Premier League, Arteta explained: ‘Consistency. Throughout the game, throughout 90 minutes, every ball, in every action.

‘And every time he’s on the ball in the…