Nicolas Pepe: 2019/20 Performances

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Aevi, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. HaffBR

    HaffBR Active Member

    Best dribbler of the team, easily. Add creativity and incisive runs, also great pass and shoot. His decision making is questionable, but he is too much creative to be benched and can still improve. Auba is not creative, he is more a poacher, one touch scorer, tap-in master. Martinelli is very dangerous in the 1/3 of the pitch, creative there, but spend a lot of energy out of this region of the field and can't deal with stronger defenders in the moment, he is wasted in the wide position, the Brazilian is better as a mobile striker.


    Auba ==== Martinelli =======
    ======CAM ===== Pepe ====
  2. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    With space to operate in, Pepe is a serious threat. Thought he and Ceballos transformed us tonight.
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  3. grange

    grange Well-Known Member

    I never had an issue with Pepe. It's clear that the team is disjointed, full of players who don't suit his style of play to link up, and he was struggling to adjust to it all (manger turmoil added onto all of this). Guys are getting healthy and Arteta has given the team guidance on how to salvage something out of this season. He looks like a very promising player to me (once the squad is fixed).
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  4. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member

    Didn’t score a Hat trick when he was on, against a lesser side. With the time he had on the pitch, for 70m he should have scored a hattrick. Failure of a signing.
  5. UpTheGunnerz

    UpTheGunnerz No Longer Phallus Obsessed

    Some real hydro logic!
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  6. Trilly

    Trilly The John Cross of Ilford

    Funnily enough he got himself in a couple of high xG positions.

    Off the top of my head he could have had a clean shot at goal soon after coming on if Ceballos had passed instead of shooting. Laca also had the chance to slip him in 1v1 but shot instead.

    Fair enough the game was stretched at that point but he found himself in two very threatening positions in the space of 20 mins.
  7. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    Why are we quick to write him off?

    It's obvious that this guy is oozing quality. He just needs guidance from the manager. Look at Liverpool and city. Do they give their widemen the ball when he's surrounded by 3 or 4 players and ask them to conjure up chances. That's what we do to Pepe. When he fails to dribble 3 or 4 players he's mocked and called Bebe. How often do you see mane, Sterling, Sane or Salah having to dribble multiple players to create chances. They create chances by their movement and they trust the midfield to find them in dangerous areas. If you watch us play, it's obvious that Arteta is leaving Pepe stranded on the right so as to make us more solid defensively.

    Before you criticize him, remember that he has been at the heart of our best performances of the season.

    By next season when we are now a settled side, Pepe will shine and he'll prove you wrong.

    Mark my words @hydrofluoric acid and @BigPoppaPump
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  8. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Don't include us all in the "We" I've never doubted him and I'm sure those that do will change their minds next season.
  9. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    That's why I tagged the two biggest Pepe haters on here
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2020
  10. Camus

    Camus Well-Known Member

    From my perspective I'm not writing him off but he needs to go up a level than what he's currently showing this season. From your post it seems like you've seen enough in him to warrant your trust and you think it's a wider team issue and not a Pepe issue, that's not the case for me. I haven't seen enough positives from him to back him as he is now. As I said what it would take in a noticeable improvement in his performances for me to do that.
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  11. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    He's shown what he can do, albeit not consistently enough. But I won't heap all the blame on him. He's been played in an unsettled side all season(till Arteta came).

    Sure he could do better in his decision making, but the signs are there.

    If he's a bum, our opponents won't be sending out 2-3 markers after him each match.
  12. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    Another assist
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  13. WiscoGooner8

    WiscoGooner8 Member

    There were a few times he made a run and was just ignored. If Bellerin would’ve got rid of the ball sooner Pepe would’ve been through on goal. I’d like to see him run in behind more and go into the center or on the left at times.
  14. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    For whatever reason he’s always playing safe. He can do a lot more but his first touch needs to be out of his feet and I’d like to see him be more direct. He’s playing at no more than 60% of his capabilities at the moment.
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  15. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Prefers To Be Called Dennis

    Not his game today! Assist and goal is the bare minimum you expect from our most expensive player! So he is at 5 rating today!

    I want to see Pepe be in more leading role! Can he do it?
  16. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

  17. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Shame he doesn't play on the left, with Saka he'd look much better. I've said before that he needs to form a partnership with the RB but Bellerin has been poor this season and AMN before him wasn't ideal either. I want to see him cut in more but that's not happening because Bellerin is not getting forward. Not a great game today but still another assist.
  18. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    6 PL assists, same as the likes of Salah and Mane, more than the likes of the Silva's at Citeh and any midfielder at Yanited or Spuds and Maddison at Leicester.

    The exciting thing is he'll continue to improve. He's getting the ball in a lot more dangerous areas and it shows. He has deadly pace btw- two strides and he's away.
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  19. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Only goals missing from his game he'll be amazing when he start scoring
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  20. progman07

    progman07 Well-Known Member

    He is building up the figures quietly. He could and will contribute more to the 90 mins, but he is regualrly involved in our biggest chances and it must be said that he does take more responsibility as time goes by.

    What I'd like to see from him is drifting more centrally and helping us keep possession in difficult moments in the games - though it depends on Arteta of course, whether Pepe needs to stay out wide or not.

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