December 3, 2021

‘Pepe are you brain-dead?!’ – Arsenal winger slammed for headbutt against Leeds

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The Ivory Coast international was shown a red card following a VAR review on Sunday at Elland Road

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has been slated for his “idiotic” red card against Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday.

Pepe was sent off in the 51st minute of the match after referee Anthony Taylor was alerted to a possible headbutt when Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski went down. 

Following a VAR review it was clear that Pepe had indeed headbutted Alioski, giving Taylor no choice but to show Pepe a straight red card in a match that was scoreless.

Pepe was making just his second Premier League start of the season and after his red card, it may be some time before Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta hands him another opportunity.

Naturally, there was plenty of reaction on social media to Pepe’s moment of madness.