Nicolas Pepe’s Arsenal career hasn’t quite hit full steam yet, but the record signing was handed a start last night, and played a significant role in the 2-0 win over Man Utd.
He scored the opening goal, and his corner led to the second, thumped home by Sokratis late in the first half.
Although he was taken off just after the hour mark, and didn’t look too happy about it, he spoke positively after the game, and what it will mean for the squad.
“This one feels a lot better,” he told RMC. “We scored twice, we conceded zero goals. This will really do a lot for everyone’s confidence levels.
“We are doing a lot, a lot of video during training in order to perform well during the match. Today we performed well, we were solid defensively, we were good going forward.
“It is all new for us. A new system, new instructions. We are adapting quickly. That has been seen in the last three matches, even though we did not win, we were very good, we were just missing the victory, which we were able to do tonight.
“We need to continue like this.”
He also revealed a chat with Arteta beforehand, in which the new manager told him he was going to be picked.
“I had a discussion with the coach this morning and he told me I was going to start and asked if I felt ready and stuff like that,” he continued. “I told him I felt ready. I showed tonight that I was ready.
“As well, today it is my mother’s birthday, I scored today, so it is only positive for me and the team.
“Now we have to go on a run to get to this top four that we need to do.”
He got his mum an Arsenal goal and a win for her birthday, what a thoughtful lad!