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Nicolas Pepe apologizes for getting sent off against Leeds 0

Posted on November 24, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Nicolas Pepe was sent off in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Leeds United on Sunday, and the Ivorian winger has taken to Instagram to offer his apologies to the fans, his teammates, manager Mikel Arteta, and everyone else at the club for his actions.

The game had just gone past its 50th minute when Pepe, clearly annoyed by Ezgjan Alioski, appeared to have headbutted the Leeds left-back. The contact between their foreheads seemed minimal and there’s no doubt that Alioski made the most of it with a theatrical fall, but the fact that Pepe should have known better than to react that way is beyond doubt as well. In all fairness, referee Anthony Taylor had no choice but to raise the red card against him after seeing the incident via the pitch-side VAR monitor.

Pepe unhappy with current Arsenal role 0

Posted on November 11, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Nicolas Pepe is apparently very unhappy about his role in the Arsenal team at the moment. Having arrived to the Emirates in 2019 as a £72 million club record signing, he has mostly struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI and he doesn’t seem to be getting any closer. After starting 22 Premier League games in 2019/20, he has so far started only one this term, the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad. He has made six more appearances of the bench in the league.

Fringe forwards step up in Arsenal’s Europa League triumph 0

Posted on October 30, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal defeated Irish side Dundalk in the second round of the Europa League group stages on Thursday. The Gunners now top the table in Group B of the competition with six points, having previously beaten Rapid in Vienna. Their next opponents, Norwegian Molde, are at their heels with six points as well.

A look at the Palace draw 0

Posted on January 12, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal drew against Crystal Palace for the second time this season when the two teams met on Saturday. A glance at the result will give off an impression that the only different thing this time around was that the Gunners threw away a one-goal lead, not two. But if you’ve seen the two games in full, you should be able to tell that there was much more to it.

Fresh starts for Ozil and Pepe 0

Posted on December 28, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

It’s fair to say that having arrived in the summer for £72 million, Nicolas Pepe’s impact at Arsenal can be rightfully described as underwhelming, disappointing even. The 24-year-old winger has scored only four times in 20 appearances in all competitions so far.

The newly appointed boss Mikel Arteta has provided some explanation to that. Every player needs the right environment to settle into new surroundings, and Arteta believes Pepe found himself in a situation very different than that when he came. The atmosphere in the team and the rest of the club seemed far from stable even looking from the outside, and as the season unfolded, it only got worse with Unai Emery’s future at the club less certain with every passing week and controversies around different players popping up here and there.

Arsenal should have signed Maguire instead of Pepe – Lee Bowyer 0

Posted on November 05, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal apparently made a mistake when they spent £72 million on Nicolas Pepe, and should have put that money towards tempting Harry Maguire from Leicester City. That is according to Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer, who bases his stance on a rather obvious fact that the Gunners had no problems upfront in recent years, as opposed to what’s been going on in defence.

Zaha deal was never close – Roy Hodgson 0

Posted on October 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Speaking ahead of his team’s trip across town to the Emirates, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that the transfer of Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal was never close to actually happening.

Arsenal were known long-time admirers of the Ivorian, whose pace and trickery are certainly a reason for worry for any defender he may be facing, not least Arsenal’s on Sunday. And the Gunners have long been searching for a player like that. Remember, manager Unai Emery spoke about it openly near the end of last year, when Arsenal were being linked with the likes of Yannick Carrasco and Ivan Perisic. As it turned out, they only managed to bring in Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona, with a reported option to buy at the end of the season.

Pepe saves Arsenal in Europa League 0

Posted on October 25, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal were expected to tear through Vitoria SC last night with relative ease, continuing their perfect record in this year’s Europa League in the process. Alas, it wasn’t quite as simple as that, and with not all that much time remaining, they were actually facing the very real possibility of a loss.

Then, Nicolas Pepe was introduced into the chaos and with around ten minutes remaining, he completely turned the game on its head with two remarkable free kicks. The £70m+ star has struggled to really settle at the Emirates ever since arriving back in the summer, but it’s safe to say now that he is ready for the big time – and ready to carry forward his momentum into the Premier League and beyond.

Xhaka defends Pepe 0

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has called on supporters to remain patient with the club’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe arrived this summer for £72 million as a marquee signing, but his form in the Arsenal shirt still hasn’t hit anywhere near the level which was seen at Lille, and which convinced the club to part with that kind of money to beat off competition and acquire his services. He has made 11 appearances so far, nine in the Premier League and two in the Europa League, and managed to score only once – and even that came from the penalty spot.

Pepe scores as Ivory Coast thrive 0

Posted on October 14, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The international break has pros and cons, most of which we’re all pretty aware of having been football fans for a long time. While we worry about Arsenal players sustaining injuries that could seriously harm their season, there’s also another side of the coin. That side is that players from within the squad are capable of giving themselves a much needed confidence boost heading back into the domestic game.

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