In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
In the summer transfer window, Arsenal were looking for a winger to complete their attack already featuring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Nicolas Pepe was signed and earmarked as the man to complete a terrifying trio, with fans thrilled as the signing drew closer back in July. However, the Ivorian has been a disappointment so far in his short yet revealing career in north London.
AHHHH NEXT THIERRY HENRY
— Elliot 👑 (@LacaSweat) August 1, 2019
IN YOUR FACE NAPOLI AND UNITED HAHAHAHHAHAHA
— GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) August 1, 2019
— TheUnaiView (@TheUnaiView) August 1, 2019
we’re actually gonna have aubameyang, lacazette and pepe as our front 3… this is mad, i need a minute. https://t.co/jpxQReXoYR
— Autumn (@wntbronze) August 1, 2019
The Gunners were reported to have paid a club-record £72m to French club Lille (via BBC), a price that already looks to be a hefty one. His statistics don’t make for great reading, with the Ivory Coast international, completing fewer key passes per game in the league than 18-year-old Bukayo Saka. The young star has also been fouled on more occasions per game than Pepe, showing the impact of his dribbling (via WhoScored).
What is far more revealing is the attacking output from each of the wingers in all competitions so far this season. While Pepe has got just one goal and two assists in 10 appearances, Saka has already notched up one goal and three assists in just six games.
While you don’t expect Pepe to settle in immediately, you do expect more effort from the record signing. Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane has alluded to Pepe’s lack of hard work, blasting him for his poor body language.
He said: “His work rate, his lack of quality, end product, but again it’s his body language. He didn’t put up a fight tonight.” (The Mirror via Sky Sports)
The mixture of lack of effort and his poor attacking return has turned those feelings of joy into worries. Arsenal fans have been blasting Pepe for his poor showings so far this season. So far, he has failed to live up to his club-record price tag and is being shown up by an 18-year-old academy product.
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