Nicolas Pepe may not have a goal for Arsenal just yet, but an assist and a number of eye-catching moments in the North London derby have him on the right track with his new club.
Pepe showed a lot of promise in the derby over the weekend, just as he did against Liverpool. The winger completed 80% of his dribbles, created a couple of chances including for the assist, and won the majority of his individual duels.
The 24-year-old just needs to get the goals flowing, but the chances are falling his way, with a total seven shots against Spurs. That’s an encouraging sign that the goals will follow.
Still, Pepe has given Arsenal fans plenty of exciting and enjoyable moments already, including one skill in the 53rd minute of Sunday’s match. The Ivory Coast international looked to be set to lose the ball before beating two men with one ball-roll and flick.
Arsenal fans enjoyed watching the moment back, taking encouragement from the way the new signing is dealing with the intensity of the Premier League.
This man is gonna slayy https://t.co/WimBh6To4j
— Don Raul (@jvanrao) September 6, 2019
His footwork >>>> https://t.co/tRWkkV5WV2
— The Tactician (@IshDeen) September 5, 2019
this guy is too good https://t.co/BZtCf1XG2H
— Onyeacho Anthony (@IfeOnyeacho) September 6, 2019
Pepe initially joined up with the Ivory Coast for the international break, but he made the decision with Arsenal to return to the club and build up his fitness. According to the Gunners, there’s no injury, he just wants to focus on his fitness after missing pre-season.