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Dejan Kulusevski already has more Premier League assists than Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe

Jack Kenmare

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Dejan Kulusevski already has more Premier League assists than Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe

Spurs midfielder Dejan Kulusevski has already provided more Premier League assists than Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe in 58 fewer games.

The 22-year-old, who is currently on loan at Spurs from Serie A giants Juventus, notched another assist for Antonio Conte's side in their clash against newly promoted Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon.

After picking up the ball in his own area, Kulusevski charged at goal before delivering a perfectly-weighted pass to Harry Kane, who converted with ease to give Spurs a 1-0 lead at the City Ground.

It was the Swedish midfielder's 10th assist in 22 games for Spurs since his arrival in January, meaning he has already surpassed Nicolas Pepe's far-from-impressive assist record at Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international, who joined the Gunners in 2019 for a club record £72 million, bagged just 9 assists in 80 games for the Premier League outfit.

Earlier this week, Pepe joined Ligue 1 side Nice on a season-long loan. He has made 111 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 27 goals.

Kulusevski has been a regular since arriving in North London and it's clear that his relationship with Antonio Conte has been a major factor behind his success.

Ahead of their clash against Nottingam Forest on Sunday, the Swede opened up on what it's like to play under the Italian.

"[Conte] always tells me 'don't enjoy it, don't have fun'," Kulusevski told Sky Sports.

"You're not here to have fun, you're here to win games and to score, to attack the goal. Don't pass too much...and he's right because he just wants one thing and that's to win.

"He doesn't want to enjoy, he doesn't want nothing of that, he wants to win because he's a winner and I'm so grateful to have him because I have never seen something like it.

"I never seen somebody be that in love with winning and I think that's going to take me and the team to the next level."


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Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/Alamy

Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe

Jack Kenmare
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