Many Arsenal fans have been left to slam the display of Nicolas Pepe in their 1-0 home loss to Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening.
Youssef El Arabi, who scored in the first leg, got the only goal of the game at the Emirates Stadium with a deflected effort off of Gabriel that flew past Bernd Leno, but Mikel Arteta’s team still went through into the quarter-final stage of the competition with an overall 3-2 aggregate win.
Should Arsenal start Pepe?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was guilty of missing a handful of glorious opportunities to score, but it was the performance of Pepe that flattered to deceive several supporters of the North London club.
The former Lille man lost out on 10 of his duels, the most out of any of his teammates, and also failed to make a single key pass or cross in the game (Sofascore).
He also lost possession of the ball no fewer than on 16 different occasions in the match, the joint-second most out of any Gunners player, as he earned a pretty poor 5.8 overall rating on Sofascore, only worsened by Aubameyang.
Arsenal fan reaction to Pepe display
These Gooners slammed his performance on Twitter, with one AFC fan even going as far as to claim that the Ivory Coast international is a ‘massive fraud’:
“Pepe playing nonsense because Saka is not available.“
“David Luiz makes mistakes, but he is a solid centre half. Pepe I’m done with, just hasn’t got enough quality to do the basics of the game right in my opinion“
“Pepe is so frustrating to watch, but that miss by Aubameyang sums up why Arsenal are better off without him – No desire, no thought process, nothing. Disgusting effort. 3 more years of this? God help us. #AFC”
“Awful shot Pepe…. Our shooting has been awful all game. #AFC”
“Every time you think that Pepe’s cracked it in this team he has a game like this where he’s just sloppy beyond belief and struggles with the basics of controlling and passing a football! #AFC”
“Pepe is a massive fraud simply not good enough #afc”
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