Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha were the standout performers as the Ivory Coast picked up an international friendly victory.
Both Pepe and Zaha got on the scoresheet in the Ivory Coast’s 3-1 win over DR Congo. Pepe netted the second goal and Zaha rounded off the scoring to give Arsenal a potential glimpse into the future.
Pepe has had a slow start to life in England but he showed Arsenal fans what he can do with a goal during the international break. The 24-year-old’s strike was put on a plate by Zaha.
Crystal Palace star Zaha ran rings around the Congolese defenders before squaring the ball for Pepe to tap in. This made it 2-0 just before half time. After DR Congo hit back with a goal in the second half, Zaha restored the two-goal cushion in injury time.
Arsenal have been linked with Zaha in the recent past. Various media outlets ran this story, including BBC Sport. This could be a deal that Unai Emery revisits in the future.
Having witnessed how well Zaha and Pepe link up, Arsenal could be tempted to bring the former to North London. He is a proven Premier League performer and he has the flair to take his game to the next level at The Emirates.
Zaha could also help to get the best out of Pepe. Arsenal’s record signing is struggling to settle in so far and he needs time. Linking up with fellow Ivorian Zaha could bring the best out of Pepe.