With Auba gone, is it Pepe’s last chance to impress?

Pepe's in the last chance saloon' - Arsenal's £72m signing running out of  time to save Emirates career | Goal.com

So in terms of forwards, these are our available players:

Saka, Martinelli, Pepe as wingers/wing forwards

Laca and Nketiah as Center Forwards/Strikers

You may add ESR and Ode in the mix but in general, let us consider them more as central attacking midfielders.

Auba is out, Balo is out and we need goals and assists…

We payed a hefty sum for Pepe and to be honest, he had been rather sensational in Ligue 1 and I thought that he could do well with us but so far, he has been inconsistent. He may be playing his AFC career with us now that he will be seen as one of the main attacking options for Arteta if we need to unlock a game.

Saka and Martinelli are starting ahead of him but they will need to rest or they may get suspended or injured and it will be down to Pepe to make things happen in the final third. He has a fantastic left foot, a good shot on him, good dribbling skills and good pace – he now needs to showcase this in the last third of the reason and help us reach the Top 4 that is calling our name…

Allez Nico! Give us some goals and assists and do your part defensively and please please finally kick start a consistent AFC career at a good level.

31 Responses to With Auba gone, is it Pepe’s last chance to impress?

  1. RC78 says:

    he had 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 games for Ivory Coast and did well in the training camp in Dubai too so…there is hope

  2. fred1266 says:

    If you watch the highlight of his AFCON games he wasn’t to impressive IMO

  3. RC78 says:

    Not too bad either though…

  4. RC78 says:

    On another note…PSG-Real tomorrow 🙂

    Navas – Hakimi, Kehrer, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes – Danilo, Paredes, Verratti – Messi, Mbappe OR

    Navas – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes – Danilo, Paredes, Verratti – Di Maria, Messi, Mbappe

  5. fred1266 says:

    Mbappe current team against his new team

  6. RC78 says:

    He deserves a better club but I would have liked him to go to the EPL first before Spain. He d do well in any of the big clubs like City, Chelsea or Liverpool. Out of the three, City and Chelsea would be the best choice as Liverpool already have Mane-Salah on the wings but Chelsea or City could use him for sure…I think that he d do wonders with Lukaku at Chelsea

    Mendy – Azpi, T.Silva, Rudiger – James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell – Mount, Mbappe – Lukaku…

  7. RC78 says:

    And they would have a good back up squad as well…Havertz, Pulisic, Kovacic, Ziyech, Hudson-Hadoi, Alonso…

    StOOpid Abrahimovic won all trophies now…From the EPL to the WC of Clubs. Money helps in building winning teams it seems

  8. LB says:

    If Pepe was given the amount of time and space to operate in as he had at the AFCON he would be as dominant and score as freely in the EPL — but as we know he doesn’t.

    Sarky comment aside; there is no way he is not going to be given another opportunity to impress — the squad is just too thin for him not to be needed from now to the end of the season.

    One thing that that clip showed was just how much he is still prepared to try and that of course is a good thing.

    Pepe undoubtedly has a great deal of talent whether that can translate into success at Arsenal is not a bet most people would take I suspect.

  9. LB says:

    Silver lining to a Russian invasion?

    If Russia invade the Ukraine do you think Abromovich’s assets would be seized and Chelsea would go back to the west London non entity they always were.

  10. LB says:

    Come on Vlad……

  11. LB says:

    Small price, a bit of collateral damage, got to be worth it.

  12. VP says:

    With Kroenke now settled in his new 5bil stadium and winning the Super Bowl, will his attention turn to Arsenal and winning the EPL & CL. Will Dr Dre perform at the CL opening ceremony if we make the finals?

  13. fred1266 says:

    Does he still own the nuggets he might try for them to win for he set sights om us

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Hi GG, LB , RC, Fred , VP etc.

    I am still alive but no longer post here (reasons lost in the mists of time).

    Wishing all my friends on AA a happy and healthy 2022.

    Up the Gunners

  15. LB says:

    Yayyy BR

    I hope all is well with you and your special other in Copenhagen, good to read a comment. That has made me feel very happy.

  16. RC78 says:

    BigRaddy – you old friend! We miss you here along with RA, Rockylives, Peaches and all…Do come visit more often or else we will hunt you down with Lehmann eyes 😛

  17. RC78 says:

    My predicted line up:

    Navas – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes – Danilo, Paredes, Verratti – Di Maria, Messi, Mbappe

    The actual line up:
    Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes – Danilo, Paredes, Verratti – Di Maria, Messi, Mbappe

    Strange that Pochetinno chose Donnarumma because if we concede a PK, which we tend to do in CL, Navas would know better how the Real players take them…anyways…

    Excited but also realistic of the outcome given our coach

  18. fred1266 says:

    Taking in United game instead of PSG, really unbelievable how dey beat us

    Like dey should have left Carrick as coach

  19. RC78 says:

    That was just a stOOpid loss…Utd and Everton, we should have won and with a margin too

  20. fred1266 says:

    Yea forgot that Everton

    Rc78 if u watching psg game u would give me updates of score if there any

  21. RC78 says:

    0-0 but PSG was maybe slightly better so far…Mbappe, Nuno and Verratti having a good game so far except that Verratti got his usual yellow card…Madrid dangerous only on counters with Vinicius and Benzema…

  22. RC78 says:

    PSG win deservedly…last minute goal from…guess who? Kylian MBAPPE! What a player he is – the kid is truly phenomenal. If a team could get Haaland and Mbappe, goals will follow for sure. These two players together would not be easy to play..they d need a Saka on the right to complete the trio 😛

    So KROENKE, if you are listening, you created the LA RAMS, a star-studded ensemble team, in the NFL and won the Superbowl…

    Now, do the same with AFC, get us Mbappe and Haaland 😛

    Ramsdale – Tomy, White, Gabs, Tierney – Partey, TCHOUAMENI, ESR – Saka, Haaland, Mbappe 😛

  23. fred1266 says:

    Nice glad PSG won hope we take it this year,

    Where neymar

  24. RC78 says:

    Man of the Match: Mbappe
    Second man of the match: T. Courtois
    Third man of the match: Verratti

    Honorable mention: Nuno Mendes, L. Paredes, Vinicius, Alaba

    Disappointment of the night: Messi, who missed a PK and did nothing else
    Other disappointments: Modric, Kroos, Benzema

    Allez Paris!

  25. RC78 says:

    Neymar played the last 20 minutes and did not do too poorly but not too great either. He did a good backheel on Mbappe’s goal.

    Other disappointment: Di Maria

  26. RC78 says:

    But City looking strong again…what a team they are…

  27. G’day BR, good to hear from you🍻

  28. fred1266 says:

    now watching PSG Highliths great gold by Mbappe

    RC78 u think dey have a chance of going through seeing as Real home and away goal advantage has been removed

  29. RC78 says:

    Hi Fred – Real will be missing Casemiro and Mendy who will be replaced by Valverde and Marcelo and the main thing is that Benzema will be more in shape too…I think Real will have to play with more intent and will apply more pressure too and we will try to counter them…So it is going to be a super interesting game. For PSG, it is going to be about making sure to keep a clean sheet in the first half or even the first 60 minutes…After that, Real will have to open up and with Mbappe’s speed and our fast transitions, we would be able to score a goal. Now, if we concede a goal in the first 60 minutes, it is important to only concede one…otherwise, we will lose our shape and Poch will just coach poorly so…

    Overall, I think Real are the more mature and better team but we have match-winners in Mbappe, Neymar and Messi so it is going to be a tight match. I still see Real go through but would love to be wrong.

  30. RC78 says:

    It is so boring at the moment with AFC…not enough games played…out of Cups, out of Europe…:-(

    I hope we qualify for Europe

  31. fred1266 says:

    Shame I was never fortunate to watch use in CL sigh

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