Nicolas Pepe ‘wasn’t bothered’ about being despatched off in Arsenal’s draw with Leeds, claims Troy Deeney, who has was baffled by Kieran Tierney defending his teammate.
Pepe gave Mikel Arteta a headache as he was despatched off for headbutting Ezgjan Alioski simply minutes into the second half, with the Gunners ultimately getting away with a 0-Zero draw after a poor show towards the dominant hosts at Elland Highway.
It definitely wasn’t the way in which to impress his supervisor in solely his second Premier League begin of the season, with Pepe showing to lose his cool after an earlier encounter with the Leeds ace.
However Deeney claims the Ivory Coast worldwide didn’t appear to care that a lot about his dismissal, which the Watford striker branded ‘inexcusable’ and ‘silly’.
“I in all probability would have laid into him for that,” mentioned Deeney on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast. “He’s allow them to down. It was an act of stupidity.
“And, once I checked out it, when he was strolling off it seemed like he wasn’t bothered.
“It seemed like he made a mistake, shrugged, sighed and walked off.
“I wish to see extra emotion. If you happen to’ve gone to headbutt somebody naturally you’re annoyed, so there must be some type of anger there, however he simply seemed very calm, placid, a bit misplaced.
“He’s having a tricky time, he hasn’t lived as much as the worth tag and the standard he undoubtedly has, since you don’t spend that a lot cash on a whim, and you’ll see he’s proficient.
“To me, he seemed a bit like: ‘What’s the worst than can occur?’”
Deeney was additionally shocked by the response from Arsenal defender Tierney, who appeared to defend Pepe’s actions after which needed to be separated from Alioski at full-time.
The Leeds man was accused of taking place too simply from the barest touches from Pepe, with ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra saying the Macedonian ‘deserved an Oscar’.
However Deeney insists Pepe would have escaped punishment if the Leeds participant didn’t react, and believes the Arsenal gamers ought to have been ‘hammering’ Pepe, not backing him up.
“I like Kieran Tierney, however that’s inexcusable,” the striker added.
“I’ve accomplished silly issues in my time, and if my gamers are backing me for that…
“I might count on to go within the dressing room and get hammered. You’d count on your lads to show round and say, ‘what are you doing?’
“Arsenal are underneath it, that they had a really poor first half and may have been three or 4 down, in my view, after which they’re coming again out, you’re anticipating a response and also you go and headbutt someone?
“I perceive Alioski might have focused Pepe, and he might have gone down very simply, however what do they suppose goes to occur?
“You realize while you play towards Leeds they will work exhausting, play with excessive depth and get after you. They’ve bought high quality, by the way in which, however they’re going to attempt to tough you up!
“Alioski did go down very simply. If I bought brushed with a head like that and went down, my mates could be hammering me for the subsequent six months; ‘Oh a gust of wind, be careful Troy’, stuff like that.
“However he has to go down. If the Leeds participant didn’t go down there, Pepe wouldn’t have been despatched off, they’d have simply carried on.”