‘HE SUFFERED’: BBC PUNDIT SAYS ARSENAL 25-YEAR-OLD IS NOW SHOWING HIS ‘TALENT’

‘HE SUFFERED’: BBC PUNDIT SAYS ARSENAL 25-YEAR-OLD IS NOW SHOWING HIS ‘TALENT’


Following his brace against Crystal Palace, Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe "suffered from the weight of his price tag," according to Danny Murphy on Match of the Day.




The 25-year-old, who was signed for a club-record fee by Unai Emery when he was in charge, scored in Arsenal's 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening.


When Arsenal first signed Pepe, fans wanted to see the player who had impressed them in France with his fast thinking and sharpshooting.


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    During his first season at Arsenal, however, he struggled to settle down, display some real form, or cement a regular position in the XI.

    Murphy, an ex-Premier League midfielder, believes his arrival for big money played a role in his early struggles, but he now believes the Ivory Coast star is displaying his 'talent' to the world.

    “I believe he succumbed to the weight of his price tag,” Murphy said. “But he has a lot of potentials. He's fast, skilled, and straightforward. He, like so many other players, has had ups and downs with his form.



    “But today, he showed the bit of magic that we've seen on him before, and goals are basically what you're judged on as a forward player.

    “He appeared to be sharp, hungry, fit, and confident. He scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time, and he now has 14 goals this season, which isn't a bad return considering their poor season.

    “Hopefully, Arsenal fans will see him grow further, and he will have to play more consistently next season. He must generate this sort of shape in order to stay ahead of Saka.”



    Mikel Arteta hasn't had anything to cheer about this season, and he should have been fired on many occasions by the North London club.

    But one player he has helped develop is Pepe, who has shone and flourished under his tutelage.

    The same may be said for the youngsters, but considering that Arsenal does not play in Europe next season, it doesn't help Arteta's cause all that much.



    It seems that the ex-midfielder will take over as manager at the start of next season, and if that is the case, he will need Pepe to be in top form from the start.


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