Martin Keown claims one Arsenal player was simply not ‘at the races today’


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Martin Keown has said on BT Sport 1 (4:12pm, September 11, 2021) that Nicolas Pepe did not play well for Arsenal against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium today.

The Arsenal legend actually thought that manager Mikel Arteta might take off Pepe in the second half.

The Ivory Coast international winger started the match and actually provided the assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the second half.

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Former Arsenal star Keown was still not impressed by the 26-year-old winger.

Arsenal won 1-0.

Keown said on BT Sport 1 (4:12pm, September 11, 2021): “It doesn’t seem that Pepe is at the races today.”

The Arsenal legend said in the second half (4:49pm): “Seems like I am coming for him now, but we are looking more from him now. He has been there a good while, couple of years.”

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Does Nicholas Pepe need to do more?

Pepe is a good winger who has shown his quality on occasions, but the winger is simply not consistent enough.

The winger can score some superb goals, but he does not find the back of the net enough.

Against Norwich today, Pepe took six shots and only two were on target, played six key passes, had a pass accuracy of 88.2%, won one header, took 80 touches, attempted three dribbles, made two tackles, one interception and two clearances, and put in nine crosses.

Pepe actually played relatively well against Norwich.

The winger was a consistent threat against the Canaries and did cover well defensively too.

Pepe scored 10 goals and gave one assist in the Premier League, and found the back of the net 10 times and provided one assist in the Europa League last season.

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