Monday Feb 17, 2020. 09:00
Nicolas Pepe came to the party in a big way for Arsenal as they thumped Newcastle United 4-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Ivory Coast international has been under pressure for that sort of performance and rose to the occasion to help end the Gunners winless run in the English Premier League, by playing a direct role in three of the goals on the night.
Pepe teed up Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the game’s opener, before scoring himself from a Bukayo Saka assist. He then completed a brace of assists by finding Alexandre Lacazette who ended his goal drought in added time.
And former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness was impressed by what he saw from the 24-year-old who joined Arsenal from Lille for a reported £72 million in August, comparing his start at the club to that of Thierry Henry.
“I like him, I think there’s a real, real player in there. If you think of their best-ever player Thierry Henry, he didn’t have a great first year, it took a bit of time. I see Pepe being a star here. He’s got great feet, electric, a good finish,” Souness told Sky Sports.
Pepe has now scored six and assisted the same amount in 28 appearances across all competitions this season.
Victory moved Arsenal up to 10th on the league standings.