Date: 24th December 2020 at 1:00pm
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Simon Jordan has accused Nicolas Pepe of ‘cheating’ manager Mikel Arteta following the Ivorian’s performance against Manchester City.

The winger came on for Gabriel Martinelli in the second half after the Brazilian suffered an injury in the opening period with the Gunners going on to lose 4-1.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Crystal Palace owner claimed that if the former Lille man is worth £72m then he’s a monkey’s uncle.

Jordan said: “They are cheating, look at [Nicolas] Pepe. We all have our difficulties and challenges in life and football brings about its different challenges, but if that’s a £72million footballer, then with due respect, I am a monkey’s uncle because that is not worth the money.” (via talkSPORT)

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I find it strange that after the 4-1 demolition at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s men, the one thing Jordan picked out was the display of a second-half substitute. There are so many issues to pick out before you even get to the Ivory Coast international, but, it seems the presenter isn’t interested because the other players don’t have a £72m price tag over their heads.

For starters, Shkodran Mustafi, Alex Runarsson and Sead Kolasinac were all guilty of performing poorly. The first goal was nothing short of abysmal with the Icelandic seemingly in no man’s land whilst the German let it sail past him without even attempting to clear it.

The midfield duo of Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny also proved anonymous during proceedings with City seemingly bypassing them at will. There cover in front of the defence was nothing short of shoddy with the duo failing to get their positioning right on multiple occasions.

If you’re going to analyse how the players have cheated, at least be fair in your criticism. Picking out a substitute when almost every starter was shocking, is lazy and needs correcting.

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