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'Same composure' as Liam Brady, 'destroyed' Norwich: BBC pundit blown away by Arsenal duo

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has praised Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe for their recent efforts for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners.

Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a late victory over Sheffield United, Pepe putting in a superb performance for the visitors.

After opening the scoring with a penalty, the Ivory Coast international continued to look bright and kept the ball alive for Dani Ceballos’ injury-time winner.

Aubameyang was then the star against Norwich with a brace en route to a 4-0 win, becoming the fastest Arsenal player to reach 50 Premier League goals in the process.

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Crooks named the Gabon international in his team of the week but gave an honourable mention to Pepe.

“I have compared Nicolas Pepe’s left foot to the likes of Liam Brady in the past,” he wrote on BBC Sport.

“Well, perhaps he’s not in that class but he did show the same composure as the former Republic of Ireland legend to convert Arsenal’s penalty against Sheffield United and send the Gunners on their way to yet another FA Cup semi-final.

“Nevertheless I have had to replace Pepe with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he destroyed a beleaguered Norwich City will some great finishing at Emirates Stadium.

“I’ve made my position clear about the importance of Mesut Ozil and his relevance but if Arsenal were to lose Aubameyang as well they can consign themselves to mid-table mediocrity.”

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Pepe was at the top of his game against the Blades, while Aubameyang was superb in the rout of Norwich, and it’s good to see Crooks recognise both players.

Crooks is also right about what losing Aubameyang would mean for the Gunners – they’ve relied on him massively and, without him, they’d be a lot worse off.

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