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Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe goes under the radar in win over Everton

Unsung Hero: Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe goes under the radar in win over Everton

Arsenal beat Everton 3-2 to climb into the top half of the Premier League table with one player going reasonably under the radar with his performance in comparison to some of his teammates.

The Merseysiders scored the opening goal when poor defending allowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to overhead kick his side into the lead inside the opening minute. However, the Gunners responded well with Eddie Nketiah tapping home a superb cross from Bukayo Saka. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then slotted away the side’s second goal just six minutes later after a through ball by David Luiz (via BBC).

Carlo Ancelotti’s men were once again on level terms as Richarlison stabbed home following a corner kick. However, it took Mikel Arteta’s team just a few seconds of the second half to regain the lead as the Gabon international headed home Nicolas Pepe’s cross.

The north London outfit had their star man to thank as his brace earnt them three points. He now sits joint-top of the division’s goal-scoring charts, level with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who has also struck 17 times (via Premier League). He has now scored 31 times in just 38 league games when playing on a Sunday, compared to 17 goals in 36 games on all other days of the week (via Opta).

Indeed, the Gabonese star naturally earned the praise of pundits such as Graeme Souness, while young Bukayo Saka hit headlines for yet another assist.

However, the unsung hero proved to be the club’s record signing, who made a telling contribution to the victory. The Ivorian, who normally attacks with his dribbling skills (he leads the way in terms of the highest average per game at 2.8), showed a different side to his game yesterday as he played the most key passes (4), proving to be the creative outlet for the team. He also attempted the most crosses (5), providing constant threat from the wide areas (via WhoScored).

All in all, the former Lille man looked to have a growing influence on the team rather simply using one tool to attack teams, which is certainly promising given his major-money price tag.

Arsenal fans, what did you make of Pepe’s performance? Join the discussion below!

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