Nicolas Pepe: 2019/20 Performances

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

  1. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    I'm not sold on reasoning like that. I could counter it with us winning 2 FA cups while he was here, and then bombing out as soon as he left, but football's a funny game and losing your best player doesn't always mean you become a worse team. In some circumstances, it could be the case but, as I say, there are too many factors at play in a team sport. It may have been the case here FWIW.
  2. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    My idea (to quote Emery) is not to downplay RVP or Alexis, just that having a transcendent individual like them doesn't necessarily translate to team success the way that it does for players who make others around them better.
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  3. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Knows a guy who knows an ITK at Bristol Trusted

    Yes but I think Cesc played in Arsenal teams that were levels above the 2011/12 one. We lost three key players from the year before and their direct replacements were Arteta, Andre Santos, Benayoun and Gervinho.

    Also I’d say RVP showed his transcendence did translate to team success the next year when he carried a garbage Utd team to an easy title win.

    I think Alexis was a top level ball hog and did inhibit the team’s performance but RVP was different banter, for me had a two and a half year run as best striker in the world.
  4. Trilly

    Trilly The John Cross of Ilford

    Fair enough, fwiw people at Arsenal chose to call him that so that’s an indication of what they felt.

    Watching us in his last season our game plan seemed to be give him the ball and let him do whatever he wants, not a slight on him but that is what happened.
  5. Firetruck

    Firetruck New Member

    Is anyone a little worried about Pepe's shooting? Having watched the goals he scored for Lille and seen the few shots he has taken so far they look a little one dimensional. Please tell me I'm wrong.
  6. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    He likes the sidefoot curler. Haven't seen him hit too many with his laces. He doesn't need to shoot from distance a lot because he's so good at approaching the box by carrying the ball. Needs to use his weaker foot more.
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  7. Trilly

    Trilly The John Cross of Ilford

  8. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    So next summer Osimhen ? Replaced Pepe and already's got 4 in 3 :lol:
  9. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    Behind the back crossover :drool:
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  10. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Could Never Wifey An Opp Thot

    "Transcendent" individuals like them do way more for a teams success then play-makers do. Someone like Özil relies on him team mates to perform rather than doing it himself when needed, remember those Liverpool and Everton games we won because of last minute RVP goals? Compare that to the stretch of games where Giroud never got a goal with Özil behind him.

    Look at Liverpool, I'd much rather have a Mane or Salah who can create their own chances than a Özil who's pretty one dimensional.
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  11. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Well-Known Member

    It worries me too if I am honest. He scored a lot of goals in France from just inside the area that were not emphatic at all. Most of them went through the keeper. You are not scoring like that in England. You need power and he lacks it. However that curler he had just around the post had a bit more on it but we need to get him in the gym and build him up.
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  12. Trilly

    Trilly The John Cross of Ilford

    I think you’re wrong.

    He was on corners, free-kicks and penalties at Lille and has already taken over corner duties in his short time here, that indicates that his ball-striking technique is top level. Finishing may be more of a concern but the two usually go hand in hand so I wouldn’t be worried.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2019
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  13. Furious

    Furious Xhaka Propagandist

    No, not at all. He has perfected that Henry-esque finish. Rather that than a jack of all trades kind of finisher.
  14. baccy_man

    baccy_man Active Member

    I have a feeling that we will see the best from Pepe, in a few months time once he has got used to the pace in the premier league and also got used to the way his team mates play,
    Once Bellerin, comes back and as long as he has not lost any of his pace then they are going to be tearing the right wing up.
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  15. Jasard

    Jasard Forum Issue Troubleshooter

    But can he do this?

  16. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    That’s me running away from my problems.
  17. Gunner140

    Gunner140 Active Member

    Expect first goal for Pepe. Timing couldn't be better.
  18. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    A goal and an assist today, MotM performance incoming!
  19. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Knows a guy who knows an ITK at Bristol Trusted

    Hoping he does badly today, thinking of getting him in next week in fantasy so need him to keep his value low.
  20. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Tier 1 Height

    F*ck off. :lol:
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