Nicolas Pepe finally scored his first goal for Arsenal from open play on Monday night as Arsenal beat West Ham United 3-1 at the London Stadium – and Georges N’Koudou has praised the Gunners star, despite his Tottenham connections.
Pepe, 24, netted an excellent curling effort to give Arsenal the lead on Monday night, as Freddie Ljungberg’s side came from behind to beat West Ham. Angelo Ogbonna had put West Ham 1-0 up in the first half with a header.
Arsenal were dismal for 60 minutes but finally sparked into life. Gabriel Martinelli finished an excellent chance to equalise, before Pepe cut inside and scored a lovely goal – his fourth for Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also got in on the act.
All three goals came in nine minutes and knocked the stuffing out of West Ham, while Pepe finally showed why Arsenal have paid £72million for his services. The former Lille star posted a defiant message on Instagram after the match.
It was Ljungberg’s third attempt at securing a win, and ending Arsenal’s winless run in the league which has stretched back to October 6. The Swedish interim boss had watched his side draw with Norwich and lose to Brighton.
But a man-of-the-match performance from Pepe and excellent displays from the likes of Calum Chambers, Granit Xhaka and Martinelli saw Arsenal secure all three points.
N’Koudou, who left Tottenham in the summer for Besiktas, sent an Instagram message to Pepe. He is translated as telling Pepe: “They haven’t seen anything yet”.