Nicolas Pepe has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad for their upcoming games against Benin and Tunisia.
However, it’s not because of an injury apparently, but so he can return to London to work on his fitness.
Sky Sports report that the club’s record signing originally linked up with the squad, but it was considered best for him to not play so he could get himself fully fit after a truncated summer break.
The 24 year played in the African Cup of Nations, and returned late to join the Gunners in August.
He has featured in all four of our games this season, starting twice against Liverpool and Sp*rs in the North London derby.
We could do with him firing on all cylinders when we start again next week with a trip to Watford, so hopefully this common sense approach will pay dividends.