Willian and Pepe both got the chance to prove themselves with their selection in the starting XI against Southampton, but could not justify their inclusion

Peter Crouch has told Arsenal duo Willian and Nicolas Pepe that if they are dropped again after being eliminated from the Gunners’ FA Cup, they cannot have any complaints

Both players were shown up for the fourth round at Southampton’s StMary’s Stadium on Saturday when Mikel Arteta made seven changes to his line-up

But no one was particularly impressed and offered little attack strength, as Gabriel’s own goal was enough to separate the sides

Arsenal makes the trip back to StMary is in the Premier League on Tuesday, but Crouch believes it is almost certain that both players will fall off the side again after their recent appearances

“There has been an upswing for Arsenal but that is mainly due to the players who weren’t there today,” Crouch told BT Sport. “[Kieran] Tierney, [Emile] Smith Rowe, [Bukayo] Saka have been on the Bench, [Alexandre] Lacazette, these are the players who started Arsenal’s season, they weren’t there today and I think it showed “

When asked if he thought Arteta would regret not playing Smith Rowe, Crouch replied, “Maybe, but you can’t rely on kids, can you?

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“You have Willian, Pepe, top players on the court who you would expect to do the job and players who really didn’t start with a point to prove, so you would expect that they do”Come here today hungry and show the manager that he doesn’t want kids to play in front of them

“But I have to say that didn’t happen and you won’t be able to knock on the manager’s door if you’re dropped off here on Tuesday”

Southampton has now reached the fifth round, in which they will face wolves, while Arsenal’s FA Cup defense has been prematurely ended

Crouch asked his thoughts on the couple and added: “They were disappointing. We can see that they are very, very good players, the talent certainly Pepe in Lille, Willian in Chelsea, both were very good players.” p>

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“I just think that right now they are suffering from a lack of self-confidence, that their ego may have been compromised with young players taking their place and I know how that is It’s difficult when you are”As a seasoned gamer, you will get upset and angry and there are two ways you can react

“You can toss your toys out of the stroller and say why I’m not playing, or you can lie down, work hard and reclaim your space and I just don’t feel like you did enough today”guarantee their place in the starting XI”

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