Mikel Arteta says Nicolas Pepe has come a long way

May 20, 2021
By: Jamie Jones

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised Nicolas Pepe following his heroics against Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening.

Pepe, who has not had the best of times since his move to Arsenal from Lille in the summer of 2019, scored twice for the Gunners in their 3-1 win against Palace away from home at Selhurst Park in London.

The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international winger scored his first goal of the Premier League game in the 35th minute when he volleyed home to finish a good Arsenal move.

Pepe’s second goal of the evening came in injury time when he kept his calm to roll the ball in.

Arsenal manager Arteta has praised Pepe, and believes that the winger has come a long way and is hungry to do consistent well.

Arteta told Arsenal’s official website about Pepe: “It’s my feeling and it’s everybody’s feeling in the coaching staff, and his own feeling that he’s come a long way this season.

“He hasn’t had the consistency sometimes in the gametime, but I think in Europe he’s been terrific and in the Premier League he’s started to show much more what he’s like, and he’s very hungry. I think he’s changed a lot in his mentality and his willingness to do much more.”

Arsenal’s final Premier League game of the season is against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and they can be backed at 13/2 on Betfair to win 2-1.

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