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Arsenal beat Molde 3-0 on Thursday night to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League and with all eyes upon him, Nicolas Pepe stepped up.
Heavily criticised for his stupidity against Leeds United at the weekend that now sees him ruled out of the next three matches domestically, Pepe was always going to have to deliver against Molde to have any chance of turning a large section of the fanbase around.
Reports stated that he’d worked hard in training all week and Nicolas Pepe ended the game against Molde with one goal, one against the woodwork and another that went narrowly wide.
In fact, he ended the game as Man of the Match with a 9, the only player from either side to hit higher than 8.5 (Joe Willock).
Pepe completed 87% of his 39 passes and got off six shots. He put in 12 crosses, played four key passes, won 12 of his 20 duels, completed nine of the 11 dribbles he attempted, made and won one tackle, won 50% of his aerials, and recovered the ball twice.
🇨🇮 Nicolas Pépé for Arsenal vs. Molde:
◉ Most touches (80)
◉ Most crosses (12)
◉ Most touches in opp. box (11)
◉ Most take-ons completed (9) (!)
◉ Most shots (6)
◉ Most chances created (4)
◉ Joint most shots on target (2)
— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) November 26, 2020
Keep performing like that, Nico, and the fans won’t only forgive you, they’ll start to love you.
“We all know where his level is. All the time the question is how often can he get to that level and contribute to other aspects of the game. Today is the example.”