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Nicolas Pepe Dropped A Disasterclass Against Manchester United Last Night

Nicolas Pepe Dropped A Disasterclass Against Manchester United Last Night

Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe had a stinker in his side's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last night.

In the summer window Unai Emery splashed out £72 million on Pepe, who had scored 22 goals in Ligue One for Lille last season.

And while it's still only early days, the Ivory Coast international really hasn't got going in English football - his latest 'disasterclass' coming against a Manchester United side experiencing their worst ever start to Premier League campaign.

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Pepe completed just 17 passes and lost possession 17 times - more than any Arsenal player - while he also failed to create a single chance in the game and had one shot on target.

Axel Tuanzebe, playing in his first Premier League game since 2017, had a fairly comfortable night's work at left-back following the non-existent performance from Pepe.

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Over on the opposite flank was 18-year old English starlet Bukayo Saka, who was a constant threat throughout and assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half equaliser.

Emery's decision to hook Pepe for Reiss Nelson instead of Saka 16 minutes from time spoke volumes about their indifferent performances.

Roy Keane, on punditry duty for Sky Sports, criticised Pepe for his performance and pointed out just how impressive Saka was.

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'"Disappointed with him since he's come to the club," Keane said after the game when asked about the 24-year old, as per Metro.

'Not great body language... okay, sometimes we make excuses for players a lot, it takes time to settle into a club.

"You see this young kid tonight [Saka], Pepe compared to him for the money they paid, he needs to do a lot more.

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"His work rate, his lack of quality, end product, his body language. 'He didn't seem up for the fight tonight."

Since joining Arsenal, Pepe has scored just once - a penalty in the 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa.

At least he's dribbled past Virgil van Dijk though...

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Nicolas Pépé, Arsenal, Old Trafford

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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