Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has sought to explain how to pick Willian ahead of Nicolas Pepe in the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast International was recalled to the starting lineup on Thursday night during the Europa League clash against Molde, and he put in a good performance that he completed with a goal as the Gunners ran out 4-1 winners.

Arteta, however, called for the consistency of the winger, who, as last season, displayed patches of brilliance.

“Consistency,” responded Arteta to the question on what Pepe needs to do to get regular playing time.

“Throughout the game, throughout 90 minutes, every ball, in every action and every time he’s on the ball in the final third he [needs to] make a difference.

“And do it more and more and more. The final product has to be better, not just from him but if you want to become a top top team and score many more goals then it’s something we have to put higher demands on at the moment. Today he scored a really good goal and got an assist and he can do more. I think he’s on the right path.

He further explained why he prefers picking Willian for Premier League matches.

“I said to you that I am talking generally. It’s not just Willian or Nico, I think in general consistency-wise in the final third, with the quality that we have, we have to finish more things better. We can improve a lot.

“That goes for every player, if Nico scores three goals then his aim has to be to score 10. Willian the same, three assists? He needs 10. If we don’t have that mindset then we won’t become the top team that we want to be,”

Arsenal will be in action again on Sunday against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

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