Nicolas Pepe: Nico to Maul Molde!

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by tap-in, Aug 2, 2020.


How many goals in all competitions?

  1. <10

    39 vote(s)
  2. <15

    66 vote(s)
  3. <20

    18 vote(s)
  4. 20+

    13 vote(s)
  1. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    I judge signings by whether they outperform or underperform their potential. Reyes didn’t reach his potential at Arsenal. A commonly accepted fact.
  2. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    I see a lot of excuses been made but he and Saka are playing in the same team no? If Saka can find actions and moments then Pepe should be able to do that too.

    He is capable of moments of magic but between that, he is painfully average and the game just passes him by...
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  3. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Good is subjective. Hard to ignore the hard facts though.

    Left for West Ham after just 21 games and 7 goals in mostly cup games.

    Bought for £17m and sold for £4m two seasons later. Now trying to restart his career at Alaves.

    By his own admission he could not adapt to life in England off the pitch. Definitely a talent but hardly made the kind of impact to justify loaning out Gnabry for example
  4. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Yeah, didn’t reach his potential because he decided to leave for Real Madrid. He was a big player for us.

    Not getting into one of your circular debates.
  5. KrissKringle

    KrissKringle Well-Known Member

    How can it be subjective when the numbers are positive in the minutes he played?
    I don't know what happened at West Ham, but Pellegrini was playing some rubbish players in front of him, which was weird.
    Perez had good numbers at Alaves last season considering the service at that team isn't stellar.
  6. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    He wanted to leave for Real shortly after joining us. He didn’t settle. A successful signing is a happy signing. He wasn’t happy.
  7. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Ok Dave.
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  8. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    Reyes had everything...the first few months of 2004/2005 were probably my most enjoyable as an Arsenal fan, and Jose was our best player in that period.

    Fast, technical, could play wide or up top really well...didn't fulfill his potential really, but on the pitch was always exciting to watch.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2020
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  9. scytheavatar

    scytheavatar Well-Known Member

    Reyes regressed under Wenger, he was the most talented player Wenger has ever signed and his technical ability makes Özil look like a schoolboy. Yet he was never the same after getting his butt kicked by Neville. And Podolski was signed with a lot of fanfare yet he turned out to be nothing more than a one dimensional mid table player.
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  10. Makavelii

    Makavelii Well-Known Member

    Pepe played better than Auba anyway.
    But at their expenses, we want to see more from both.
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  11. krackpot

    krackpot Established Member

    that is one hell of rose-tint on your glasses!

    Reyes was a prodigy and left before he even played two seasons. how the eff did he regress? How is he better than Özil when he was passed over by Madrid?
  12. scytheavatar

    scytheavatar Well-Known Member

    Like I said he was never the same after getting his butt kicked by Neville. He lost his balls and his will to take on opponents after that.
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  13. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    People forgetting how Pepe tore Sheffield utd apart in the game before this one. Think we can give him a pass vs City lol.
  14. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Say what?

    One run and finish against a team that’s lost every game this season means our record signing is allowed to disappear in yet another big game?

    Am I reading this right.
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  15. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Auba has been poor for a few games now. It was good to see Pepe get a start but he has to do far better if he wants to be a regular. He didn't have any moments yesterday, poor from start to finish. I could say but it was City but Saka was great, our best player, and he's only 19.
  16. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    One run and finish? He changed the game and we wouldn't have won if he didn't come on ffs.
  17. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    My point still stands. Are you suggesting that helping us beat Sheffield United at home means he gets a pass for not showing up in a big game... again?

    That’s what it sounds like.
  18. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Again? He was fantastic in recent big games during our cup run. Hasnt been started recently to gain consistency. One game in which we hardly got the ball against City doesn't mean he should be lambasted.
  19. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Nobody said he should be lambasted. You said he should get a pass based on what he did against Sheffield. That’s different.

    He had a couple of moments at Wembley, but where was he at Anfield? Old Trafford? White Hart Lane? Stamford Bridge? Olympiacos at home?

    Mkhitaryan and Iwobi got lynched for performances like his.
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  20. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    At Anfield he was on the bench? Last season was a complete mess for a multitude of reasons so let's not go there with those games. Focus on recent games with Arteta. He will start kicking on now and one poor game against the best team in the league wouldn't change that. Hence why its a pass.

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