TV pundit Roy Keane was not particularly impressed with Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe’s performance against Manchester United yesterday evening.
The 24-year-old failed to make an impact on the game during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and speaking about the Ivorian’s display, Keane questioned his work rate and attitude:
“Disappointed with him since he’s come to the club. Not great body language… okay, sometimes we make excuses for players a lot, it takes time to settle into a club.”
“You see this young kid tonight [Saka], Pepe compared to him for the money they paid, he needs to do a lot more. His work rate, his lack of quality, end product, his body language. He didn’t seem up for the fight tonight.”
Pepe has certainly not lived up to expectations since the Gunners paid Lille a record £72m for the player in the summer. It can take time to adapt to the Premier League, but his form has been poor at the start of this campaign.
He was up against an inexperienced left-back in Axel Tuanzebe last night and while he did have a few sights on goal, his finishing left a lot to be desired.
Pepe’s only goal so far came from the penalty spot in the 3-2 win at Aston Villa, and while fans shouldn’t be overly concerned by his slow start, they will be hoping for better over the coming months.