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Arsenal could have signed either Wilfried Zaha or Nicolas Pepe in summer 2019. They chose Pepe …
The Gunners brought in the highly rated Lille winger for a club record of £ 72m last year but Pepe failed to prevail at Arsenal.
He joined the Gunners after scoring 22 Ligue 1 goals and making 11 assists in the top French league in 2018/19, but only managed five goals and six assists in 31 Premier League games last season achieve.
Pepe has one goal and no assists in the Premier League this season. Currently, Leeds player Ezgjan Alioski is suspended for three games last month because of a headbutt.
In contrast, Zaha continues to be the star of Crystal Palace and he was close to his best in Sunday’s 5-1 win at West Brom.
Zaha, a team-mate of Pepe’s Ivory Coast, scored twice, forcing Darnell Furlong to turn the ball into his own net with a hissing cross from the right.
The 28-year-old only managed four goals and five assists for the Premier League last season, but has already scored seven goals this season.
But where does everything go wrong for Pepe? Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes the Ivorian international’s main problem is that he doesn’t have full-backs to face.
The former left-back told Free Super Tips: « With Nicolas Pepe we got a glimpse of his possibilities and I would like to see more of them. « . When you find yourself in these broad areas, you need to set goals and opportunities, and he does.
« For me, Pepe is having trouble adjusting at the moment. He’s a player with wonderful ball skills and to beat players I’d like to see it more consistently for Arsenal.
« Being a full-back myself, the only thing you didn’t want in the opposition was a broad player who will be asking you questions for 90 minutes. I don’t think Pepe is defensive enough to ask questions about the full backs and wing backs he comes across. It’s too safe and too static.
“There is certainly talent there, but it is up to both the player and the team to get that out of Nicolas Pepe. We added Willian to the squad and we know he can play in many positions, but he usually plays on the right side. Pepe may feel like he’s been pushed out of the team a bit.
« I look at the players mentally and try to see what they think. Pepe had a good reputation but struggled to meet it.
« Then Willian suddenly got his position and now he can’t get a lot of playing time, it can’t be easy for him in this regard. « . But Pepe has more to deliver, is the simple answer. ”
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