Nicolas Pepe: The Nutmeg Express!

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


How many goals in all competitions?

  1. <10

    57 vote(s)
  2. <15

    73 vote(s)
  3. <20

    21 vote(s)
  4. 20+

    14 vote(s)
  1. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    With him and Theo Walcott on the rise, the future is very bright.
  2. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    Maybe because the club record signing should never be a back-up to anyone in his main position?

    How the hell has Saka played LB, LWB, LW, LCM and now plays RW and is supposedly better than a 25 year old who is supposed to be in his prime? He needs to leave the club at the end of this season, for his career.

    The club just needs to accept the L and move on. Better players than Pepe have flopped in the EPL.

    It's not all his fault. Coaching changes with new systems, Covid, poor creativity from the midfield and signing Willian even after his good FA cup run to end 19/20 sealed his fate.
  3. Sweet'n'Soulful

    Sweet'n'Soulful Well-Known Member

    Get out while you can, Nicolas!

    Willian should do too--he's actually got proven form in the PL...
    Squillaci likes this.
  4. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    Honestly confused what people see in him, or why there is such an obsession with making excuses for him.

    He's just not that good.
  5. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief Trusted

    All were going to get for him is loan deals until his deal runs out I reckon
    Gooner1988TK likes this.
  6. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    His pace, dribbling, crossing and free-kick taking skills are evident. Those things indicate potential for end-product. He was an end-product machine at Lille, hence the belief in his potential.

    People who have watched him at Lille are also aware that he played in a system that capitalized on his strengths there. We have yet to see him being used as an inside forward supported by an overlapping full-back. That was the case at Lille, and Pépé did much of his damage from central positions, not from the wing.

    It's not so much excuse-making, but rather an explanation. He clearly isn't a flexible player tactically, and doesn't fit our current tactics. He actually is a better fit for Emery's tactics, but that door closed before he could get himself going as a first-year player in a new league.
    Macho likes this.
  7. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Points Out The Obvious

    What I learnt on this forum is that I shouldn’t have any standards for Pepe, shouldn’t expect him to perform better than Saka, be happy he’s on the bench, 72m transfer doesn’t mean you have to perform and that nothing is ever his fault.
    Ash10 likes this.
  8. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    The crazy thing is that most will actually start attacking Saka like he ain't even all that, but will make every excuse known to man for Pepe. Is it just because of his price-tag? Saw the same thing for years with Xhaka and Özil. It's like some are more fans of certain players than the club or just trying to be contrarian.
    Gooner1988TK likes this.
  9. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    Biggest disappointment about Pépé is that he's shown himself to be very tactically unflexible. Tarkowski of wingers, only good for one style of play, in one particular role. He's not good enough to have an entire system changed to accommodate him, so it's time to cut our losses. I think he could be really good for Leicester or Everton.

    I think he's yet another example showing that there should be caution about signing pacey attackers from counter-attacking sides if that's not the style of play you'll want to employ also. Some players simply become a non-factor when they struggle to find large spaces.
    Melquiades likes this.
  10. Moah

    Moah Well-Known Member

    Please show me one post that attacks Saka to compliment Pepe?
  11. Moah

    Moah Well-Known Member

    I didn't even mention one name and all posters with pea sized brains get triggered. :rofl:
    EinmalImmerEwig likes this.
  12. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Bent on his knees by asking to get banned !

    Maybe in exchange for Zaha?
    These two posts did make me LOL
    there were a couple of others as well

    cheered up my Arsenal heart this morning

  13. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Bent on his knees by asking to get banned !

    tbf you're all related up there, aren't you

    they've even developed an app to detect a cousin before it's too late, haven't they
  14. EinmalImmerEwig

    EinmalImmerEwig Bent on his knees by asking to get banned !

    He's not got the swagger because he knows he's fraudulent
    Lady_Gooner likes this.
  15. chessygoal

    chessygoal Well-Known Member

    We need to loan him to another PL club and hope he finds his form.
  16. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    He had a very good season at Lille but I think the 9 penalties weigh pretty strongly in people's psychology, in the end 13 NPgoals and 11 assists is obviously a very good return, but it's not THAT good in a team that had a very good season in the league, and whose style suit him down to a tee, in 38 starts, to discard thinking that it just doesn't translate.

    Off the top of my head I'm thinking about someone like Maxwell Cornet who had 7 goals and 5 assists in 12 starts in 18/19 for Lyon, but he's also someone who you wouldn't see translating to the EPL. Clinton N'Jie and his 7 goals and 7 assists in 15 starts before making the move to Tottenham is probably a better example, either way in both cases they are better returns on a per90 basis than Pepe's last season, with the caveat of smaller sample size, and they are both players who didn't or wouldn't likely translate to EPL.

    I would've sold him this summer before the bloom was fully off the rose. I think it's likely we're looking at loan deals or hopefully a cut-price deal until his contract is done.
  17. REWB

    REWB Active Member

    He was slightly better yesterday, but just dont think he has the pace and power for his playstyle to really be a success here.
  18. Arsenal1508

    Arsenal1508 Mods are unethical! Ozil, come assist me please!

    Make him available on a PL loan. No loan fee and we absorb complete wages.

    The only requirement is that he must start every match.
  19. GunnerShy

    GunnerShy Well-Known Member

    Who has done that on here? Of those that have defended Pepe, who has attacked Saka? Examples please
    Moah likes this.
  20. GeorgiaGunner

    GeorgiaGunner #FreeClaude

    Optimism bias
    novar likes this.

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