Arsenal have a ‘lethal’ talent in their ranks, but Arteta may not be convinced – TBR View
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Arsenal have a 'lethal' talent in their ranks, but Arteta may not be convinced - TBR View

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe is an incredible talent, with Gunners teammate Albert Sambi Lokonga the latest to sing his praises.

But the Ivory Coast international appears to have work to do to win his place back in the Gunners starting XI.

Pepe joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 in a club-record £72million move, penning a five-year deal reportedly worth £140,000-a-week.

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However, the 26-year-old’s time at the Emirates has had its ups and downs.


While there have been moments of brilliance and great individual performances, he’s lacked consistency for the most part.

And it looks as though Mikel Arteta has seen enough and decided to go for other options in his starting XI.

The Arsenal boss opted to leave Pepe on the bench against Spurs, a game the Gunners won 3-1.

Pepe then came on against Brighton, but in his 27 minutes of the pitch, he didn’t have much impact.

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It remains to be seen whether the former Lille ace is now set for an extended run out of the starting XI.

Arsenal ace is “lethal” and can dribble past “three or four people and score”

It’s a shame, given Pepe is so talented – earlier this week, Albert Sambi Lokonga gave an insight into just how much havoc his teammate can wreak.

He took part in a Q&A on Arsenal’s YouTube channel this week and was asked who he thought was the most skilled player at the club.

“Pepe,” he replied. “Sometimes he can take the ball he can dribble [past] three or four people and score!”

Likewise, Freddie Ljungberg worked with Pepe in training at London Colney, and sung his praises on BT Sport, as transcribed in The Mirror.

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“I like him,” the Gunners icon said after Pepe scored against Crystal Palace in May.

“He’s awkward to play against. Has good speed. One against one he’s very, very good.

“This [his goal] is what I saw in training every day and it’s what you want to see in every game.

“Of course there’s other parts of his game he needs to learn but if you can put him in these situations he’s lethal all the time.”

Competition is fierce in the attacking three just behind the main striker, but if Pepe works hard and can maintain consistency to go with his quality, he really could become undroppable.

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