Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang let Nicolas Pepe take Arsenal’s penalty against Aston Villa, says Unai Emery

first_img Comment Pepe took the penalty ahead of Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery revealed it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s decision to hand over penalties duties to Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 win over Aston Villa.Pepe scored his first goal for Arsenal from the spot in the second half of a pulsating game with Villa, but fans were surprised to see the summer signing step up to take the penalty.Aubameyang is Arsenal’s usual penalty taker and Emery confirmed after the game his top goalscorer handed over the responsibility to Pepe.He said: ‘Today it was a very big decision from Aubameyang to let [Pepe] shoot.’ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Coral BarrySunday 22 Sep 2019 8:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang let Nicolas Pepe take Arsenal’s penalty against Aston Villa, says Unai Emery Arsenal staged an amazing comeback in the final ten minutes (Picture: Getty)‘When we could attack and get the ball in the box we weren’t bad really.‘We were also creating chances to score. After the goal we could be calm and improve and the red card changed the idea.‘For the second half we needed to play first with the head but also with our heart. We needed supporters pushing us and us to take some risks.‘The team spirit was amazing. We need to continue working and improving things.’MORE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists Ainsley Maitland-Niles wrongly sent off against Aston VillaMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Pepe scored to make 1-1 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal played the entire second half with ten men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off and Villa restored their lead just 89 seconds after Pepe’s spot-kick.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery praised his side’s resilience after a dramatic game at the Emirates.‘When it was 11 v 11 we didn’t control the match how we wanted because we lost a lot of balls in the middle and gave them chances in the transition,’ he said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img

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