Nicolas Pepe had his most productive game as an Arsenal player in today’s 4-0 win over Newcastle.
Scoring once and providing two assists, the Ivorian was a key part of the team’s first Premier League win since the 2-0 defeat of Man United on New Year’s Day.
Having been left out of the team for our last game against Burnley, the record signing bounced back in some style, and afterwards Mikel Arteta was asked if this was the kind of display the club paid £72m to Lille for.
“Hopefully,” he said. “We just need consistency from him.
“Wide talented players in this league is not easy to get because obviously the most difficult thing to do is create things, but we’ve said some things and we need Nico to maintain game by game.
“He knows that and it’s the way he was applying himself defensively in a few moments, he was top drawer.
“That’s what he wasn’t doing in the past and when he does that, the rewards in the other box come.
“He made a difference today.”
It feels a bit like both he and the team really needed something like this to get them going – and if both can kick on from here, we’ll all feel happier.