​Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has stated that he chose to keep Nicolas Pepe on the bench after judging his performances in the training prior to the match.


The Ivorian became the most expensive player in the history of Arsenal when the Gunners spent £72million to sign him from Lille in the summer. However, his performances since moving to the Emirates haven’t been a reflection of the player that dominated Ligue 1 last season.


As a result of his indifferent performances, there is a general sense of worry in the Arsenal fanbase, who are still haunted by performances of the last Ivorian the Gunners signed from Lille.


Ljungberg, meanwhile, kept him out of the playing field for the match against ​Norwich, suggesting that his performance in the training wasn’t adequate enough to warrant him a place in the team.


"[Nicolas] Pepe is a very good player but I try to go off what I see in training and what's being done every day and that's how I judge," Ljungberg said, as per Goal.


The Gunners had to play out a difficult match against Norwich. They went down twice in the game and had to claw their way back into the match through a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


As they were chasing the win, Ljungberg preferred to sub in Bukayo Sako and Gabriel Martinelli instead of giving Pepe a shot.