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Nicolas Pepe: The Nutmeg Express!

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

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How many goals in all competitions?

  1. <10

    57 vote(s)
    34.5%
  2. <15

    73 vote(s)
    44.2%
  3. <20

    21 vote(s)
    12.7%
  4. 20+

    14 vote(s)
    8.5%
  1. [​IMG]

    Did he post it because this because he felt he needed to or is this the new Arsenal Social media management team?
     
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  2. Trilly

    Trilly Full-Time Respecter Of Women Trusted

    It’s because we’re SHÏT.

    Everything is drama. I’m tired Robbie.
     
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  3. Trilly

    Trilly Full-Time Respecter Of Women Trusted

    Most annoying thing is that he was the LB. I would have just been extra physical with him and caught him later a few times on the tackle.

    Headbutt gives him the least pain and gets you the most punishment. Fair play to the play acting little b*tch, he must have said some stuff to get into his head.
     
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  4. Trilly

    Trilly Full-Time Respecter Of Women Trusted

    Moving like he doggied Arteta’s wife ffs. :lol:
     
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  5. Macho

    Macho Has Trust Issues With Processes Trusted

    Yeah it's really not like this when Luiz gets his routine red cards but let me not speak.
     
  6. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    He’s just proven to be inconsistent with some of his bollocks.

    Annoying.
     
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  7. Riou

    Riou A-M's Resident Jobber

    5 reds under Arteta...

    1. Luiz v Chelsea...I believe this was Mustafi's fault.
    2. Auba v Palace...think Auba slipped into the tackle by accident.
    3. Luiz v City...can't believe Big Dave survived this tbf, thought he was done here after the post match interview too :lol:
    4. Eddie v Leicester...going for the ball a little too aggressively more than anything.
    5. Pepe v Leeds...dumbest sending off really.

    ...bar Luiz v City, the others weren't as bad as what Pepe did...think the reason he didn't go in on Luiz though was because he is one of our better defenders (it's not a great group atm) and he knew he needed him...while Arteta has a few players he likes more than Pepe anyway in his position, he just doesn't rate him.

    No manager will treat all the players the same, the better ones/ones they feel are more important will get more leeway.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2020
  8. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member Trusted

    Just to put it in perspective. Martial moved to Man United for a fee rising to the current 44 million at the age of 19.

    He has been in the country for 5 years, adapted to the league, not exactly setting the place a light with performances, behaviour on or off the field.

    He got sent off against Sp**s in the first half when it was 2 -1 to Sp**s.

    These were his managers words:

    "For me of course two emotions on it really. Well done to Anthony for not going down and for not trying to con the referee to send Lamela off,” Solskjaer said. “Anthony knows he cannot react like this, but it’s an absolute joke for me that a lad can go down like that. If that was my son he would live on water and bread for two weeks. That’s not how I want my players to react.”

    Did Martial apologise? Was such a massive deal made put of it? Was he publicly blamed for his team losing 6 -1 as they played an entire match with 10 men? Ofcourse not. That's not what you do as a manager.
     
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  9. Ibadan

    Ibadan Thread Bump Police

    Agree with this. An important difference between Martial and Pepe's standing for their respective teams: Martial is a guaranteed starter for Man U and has been a very consistent performer in the last 2 seasons. Pepe has never really had the utmost confidence of either Emery or Arteta.

    The thing is, I feel OGS would say the same thing if this was Brandon Williams or Odion Ighalo! I remember him standing up for Greenwood when he got in trouble. I swear I remember him backing some rapist back in Sweden or wherever he's from as well. He just seems like the kind of guy who backs his boys.

    I genuinely, genuinely feel like Arteta just doesn't like Pepe.

    What do people think Mourinho would do if one of his players behaved like Pepe? I honestly don't think he'd have been as harsh as Arteta was. Remember, we didn't even lose this game, we drew.
     
  10. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Didn’t other managers get criticised for this? Even though there was nothing to suggest such stuff.

    Willian even got away with flying off to Dubai. If you’re part of the Kia clique you’re ok it seems.
     
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  11. GeorgiaGunner

    GeorgiaGunner #FreeClaude

    Wearing out his welcome very quickly.
     
  12. mwake

    mwake Member

    He appears to sometimes have this laid-back style but you have to earn that kinda attitude, it fine to walk around now and again if you have the attacking metrics to back it up but Pepe doesn't.

    When was the last time you saw Liverpool's Mane lazily walking around like he had just done his homework early? Mane runs around attacking and defending for 90mins nonstop 38 games a year, and even then he gets upset when he occasionally gets substituted or when Salah doesn't pass the ball to him.

    Pepe needs to show a little more determination, I think he got comfortable relaxing in the idea that he is some sort of messi type.
     
  13. Ash10

    Ash10 Jury Lite

    Like I said before, hasn’t been the best player in a single game since he signed for us. I am not really gonna make a big deal out of the red card but the fact that he is terrible in pretty much every game is the thing that irks me

    We wasted 72 million & we're gonna take a huge loss. But his fanboys will keep acting like he's 17 & he'll suddenly turn into messi one day. I hope he turns it around but I just don't see it.... Too many holes in his game
     
  14. Plutarch

    Plutarch Well-Known Member

    We'd have been far better off buying Zaha from Crystal Palace. People who criticise Zaha are mistaken, he's a consistent performer and very effective in the premier league. He'd have been a very good buy for us, much more useful than Pepe.
     
  15. scytheavatar

    scytheavatar Well-Known Member

    Emery didn't like Pepe either........... any competent manager in a big club would have hated Pepe cause he's just a luxury player and not someone good enough to build the team around, yet you need to build the team around him for him to be a threat. Also remember that while Martial has been around at Utd for a long time he is still younger than Pepe.
     
  16. freeglennhelder2

    freeglennhelder2 Well-Known Member

    Wait. Does everyone have selective memory here?

    Martial and Lamela traded like for like blows. Lamela struck the first blow. For some bizarre reason Martial is sent off and Lamela isn’t. It was a ridiculous situation and completely unfair.

    Pepe brought his head to an opposition player. Yeah it’s soft, yes he’s fallen for it, yes the other guys gone down like he’s been sniped with an AX50 but it’s the rules. It’s actually one of the few rules that are applied 100% consistently and everyone knows it. Arteta could have been calmer about the whole thing in the post-match, sure, but that doesn’t seem his way.

    A blatant miscarriage of justice vs a player being sent off with minimal provocation are not identical scenarios, c’mon people!
     
  17. Coolin

    Coolin Doesn't appreciate the mighty Nacho

    Lets be honest, he’s not good enough. 5 goals from open play in over 50 appearances.
     
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  18. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member Trusted

    One thing that is certain in football is that if you raise your hand to someones face you have a definite chance of getting sent off. He took the chance and got sent off. Whether it was him or Lamela, they both would have left their team with a mountain to climb for being sent off in the 28th minute.

    I'm not saying what Pepe did was excusable. If I am honest I understand why he is frustrated, but you don't come out publicly and say he let the team down.

    There are players in the team who are consistently letting the team down.

    Also, I don't think Arteta dislikes Pepe as a person per se. I think he dislikes the type of player he is. That is a problem. Arteta wants to build a team based on structure defensively. That is fine. However, he is attempting to do the same offensively and that is not possible.

    A good attack requires freedom. I remember Thierry Henry speaking about Guardiola saying that he wants you to stand in a particular place. He said that Guardiola said something along these lines:

    "You do what I say and you play where I tell you to, it is my job to get you to the final third, once you are there, it is up to you".

    Arteta is trying to control every action of our attacking play, even in the final third, so how could a player like Pepe ever function in his system?

    Pepe requires freedom to drift, freedom to play the wrong pass, freedom to shoot and freedom to lose the ball. None of what Pepe is or what Özil is functions in what Arteta wants.

    Look at every player who plays on the right. Whether it be Willian, Pepe or Nelson. They receive the ball on the touch line, they look for the run of Bellerin on the inside and then they support him. They receive no passes from their full back and they are asked to put in a massive defensive shift. Pepe is not a player that is suited for that job. That is the job of a right sided midfielder, not a right forward.

    We are being linked to Aouar and Szoboszlai. These are two players that require freedom to roam. They are no different from Pepe. Defensively I wouldn't even say they are better than Pepe.

    If you play them wide they need the freedom to drift infield. Stick them on the touchline and they are useless. Play them central and ask them to mark the opposition DM so that is all the think about and they will end up being like Willock at 10.

    It's all about the messaging and currently the offensive messaging is ****ed.
     
  19. Red London

    Red London Anti-Simp Culture Trusted

    I don't understand why people are comparing this to other red cards, they are all different scenarios completely. Martial red was a travesty, horrendous officiating that for once went against United.

    Luiz reds were silly mistakes but mistakes tryna play football. What Pepe did was absolutely pointless. This is coming from someone who has time for Pepe, but you have to realise it was an extremely stupid red. Especially given the circumstances of him wanting to be given a chance and Arteta putting some trust in him.

    As I said the other day though there was still no need for Arteta to act like that in the post match.
     
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  20. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    I hope Arteta plays Pepe on Thur. Its the only chance we have of something good coming from this sending off. I fully accept Pepe was at fault but he needs a lift now more than ever. Should we punish him further without gain for ourselves? That would be pointless!
     

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