Pepe is an Ivorian footballer. Yes he is from Gervinho country. The goal post scares Gervinho to death. He regularly misses sitters. Not so his countryman. In front of goal Pepe has no nerves to lose. And that is not all to him in and around the box. He sorts out his feet so quickly. He does not need a back lift to generate sufficient power on a shot. He knows where the goal posts are. His decisions in the box are ‘reflex’ i.e. damn fast. He is very weak with his right foot but in this respect think Arjen Robben, except I can’t remember the just retired Dutchman ever using his head. Pepe does and very well too. Spot kick, spot on. Please add up these attributes and tell me what pops up. Goals and goals and goals! Nicolas Pepe, the pearl of Lille, is a red hot goal scorer and assists producer: 22 goals and 11 assists last season says it all! The hottest pepper, hotter than the Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion combined! Take that home for starters.
It took Emery several months to fully realize and confess that in the Premier League physicality is sine qua non like in no other league. Pepe has pace, agility and the courage of Mane. Pepe to Premier League is fish to water, be rest assured. His runs off the ball are immaculate, Walcottesque. High defensive lines won’t like him. When he runs with the ball at opponents Walcott doesn’t show his face, not at all; pace, close control as if the ball is glued to his left foot and yet a vision for the final pass. He can play anywhere in the front three but he seems to give the biggest to the team as an inverted right winger. Emery is bent on his 5-4 extravaganza with still no fresh CD in the vicinity. Give me Pepe anytime.
Is his story with us true? £72m, a long cue and us the most eligible? Pepe excites me immensely. 13 times MOTM only behind Messi and Hazard in Europe last season (WhoScored). But even more exciting to me is the statement his signing makes. Yes we know that Arsenal is the 6th most valuable club in the world but we also know that they have grown as miserly as Silas Manner. Is our sojourn on foreign land, scavenging on the streets over? If Pepe is true (my dreams never come true), then the club has found the will to go back to its heritage. The fattest cow would be slaughtered and who knows Everton Soares and who else might be the next and the next. Am once again the pampered child of a billionaire, so why shouldn’t I ask for more. Imagine if we take this my mood to the Emirates.
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Pepe is hot pepper!!!
By Pony Eye.