Nicolas Pepe: 2019/20 Performances

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

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  1. progman07

    progman07 Well-Known Member

    Zaha's ceiling is 10 goals in a season though, while being a main player of his team. When he was Pepe's aged he scored 2 goals in 34 league games.
  2. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Stood out to me that he was being double marked the entire game, Arteta knows his quality. We have a monster on our hands.
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  3. Red London

    Red London Well-Known Member

    This has happened his entire Arsenal career

    We haven’t set up to use our wingers effectively and get them the ball in the correct positions to do damage.
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  4. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Agreed, they need to be higher up the pitch but our defenders don't have the passing quality so they have to drop deeper to get the ball.
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  5. Dutch D

    Dutch D Well-Known Member

    Defenders nor midfielders. I think our trouble in possession is mostly that we can't progress the ball through midfield effectively to our attack. All our attackers are struggling. Do expect more of our record signing despite these issues though, but hard to judge him too harshly.
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  6. DasBootist

    DasBootist Well-Known Member

    Agree with posters citing our lack of gameplan hindering Pepe's effectiveness.

    Gotta hope Arteta knows what he's doing
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  7. Tumblin'Dice

    Tumblin'Dice Hates Reddit

    I can get behind this guy.
  8. Penn_

    Penn_ Established Member

    Can overplay sometimes, but if we can get our attack playing a bit more direct than you basically have a winger that can beat most defenders at will.
  9. Hleb's Sirush

    Hleb's Sirush Well-Known Member

    The guy can't catch a break. Score 2 goals against Vitoria then is inexplicably banished. Waits patiently while all our other attackers bar Martinelli keep putting in rubbish performances yet they keep getting selected. Seems only Pepe has to keep producing the goods or he will be benched.

    Finally he is back in the starting 11 against West ham and puts in a very promising performance. We lose pathetically against City in the next game and he is benched again. Are we trying to absolutely destroy any confidence he has? You must really start to question your own abilities if half our academy seems to be getting a game before he does.

    If that wasn't enough. In today's match, in the last 20 or 15 minutes why not throw him in? No, we decide we not even going to use our 3rd sub. That must be extremely hard to take. I'm intrigued to see how Arteta uses him.

    Rant over.
  10. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    While I mostly agree that Pepe hasn't been dealt the best hand in his time here, it must be said that he was struggling with a knee problem going into the City game that he was rushed back for - not out of question that he was held back as a result. Also possible that Nelson was preferred for slightly better defensive work, which bore out in the fact that Everton didn't threaten much on the wing.

    I'm happy the academy players are getting games - however I do feel that Pepe has to start playing more matches as he's been a bright spark in the last few matches we've seen him in bar City.
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  11. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Pepe will be ok he already showing what he capable of the problem that he joined us when we are in very tough period its just matter of time for him to be week in week out starter
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  12. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    Also, our players dont seem to know how to take advantage of whatever space opens up because of the double team. Our movement is so poor
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  13. Divided_Pie

    Divided_Pie Well-Known Member

    Go to 5:20... We do have a player who knows how to take advantage of the space you are referring to
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  14. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    Our team has been so dysfunctional in attack that any assessment of him will be inaccurate.

    When we set up and attack how we should we will see. I suspect he'll be very effective
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  15. bojed

    bojed AM Resident Joker #1 Trusted

    Play him up front.

    He'll either become Henry or Sanogo. It's a risk, but one that we should take.

    We have nothing to lose, apart from £50m resale value.
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  16. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    Hoping the knock he picked up vs West Ham is the reason he hasn't been playing.
  17. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    Very good break down !
    Let's hope Arteta can mitigate a lot of our tactical naivity in a few short sessions which should already help massively in our overall play
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  18. Jackie_Treehorn

    Jackie_Treehorn Well-Known Member

    I’m hopeful he’ll hit his stride soon under Arteta because it’ll obviously help the team, but it’s been so long since I’ve had a good compilation video of one of our guys tearing defenders up I’ve lost my favorite putting-off-work-I-need-to-do distraction.

    Come on Mikel! Get Pepe’s confidence back! I’m tired of working at work!
  19. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member

    Tbf Ljungberg was probably not concerned with the medium/long term as he was interim coach, Pepe is also a professional footballer and our record signing so if that doesn't give him some confidence then he probably doesn't have the right minerals to make it here anyway.

    I think we'll see a new Pepe now and since its a long season he'll get plenty of game time, plenty of goals and assists.

    We probably won't see the best of him until next season though, given he only joined from Ligue 1 6 or so months ago.
  20. truth_hurts

    truth_hurts Well-Known Member

    We need to get him playing in the right areas.
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