What does £72m get you nowadays? Not a lot, if Nicolas Pepe’s performances for Arsenal so far are anything to go by.
Football is so much more than just goals and assists, but for a player who had a combined 33 – 22 goals and 11 assists – in Ligue 1 last year, the Ivory Coast international’s two in his first seven Premier League games does not make good reading at all, especially considering his solitary strike came from the spot.
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To say the 24-year-old was inefficient against Manchester United on Monday would be a bit of an understatement.
In fact, a fairer analysis would be to say he was a passenger throughout. The fact he was taken off after 73 minutes with Arsenal still in a position to win the game gives you a good idea of his display.
The fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts, and you can see some of the best comments from the social media platform below.
Having faith in Pepe is costing us points right now
— J MXNEY (@JMxney_) October 1, 2019
He’s bobbins on current evidence. Can’t even trap a bag of cement… Saka will continue to show him up at this rate. How can he be defended? He’s in his prime years! Meritocracy dictates Saka starts over him
— Chris.AFC93 (@chrissy1893) September 30, 2019
Terrible must admit
— Orji Matthias (@matthias_orji) September 30, 2019
He was dreadful today. Compare his performance to 18 year old Saka. He’s Gervinho 2.0
— ronnie (@_ronniethompson) September 30, 2019
Lookin worse than iwobi ??♂️
— Demoney03 (@Demoney032) September 30, 2019
For £72m you dont get time. He is sleepwalking through games I hope we kept the reciept
— Montgomery Clift (@kimbaker492) September 30, 2019
Pulled a proper stinker today
— DZINE (@DzinerSpiel) September 30, 2019
Pepe is useless….70m investment gone
— Dozie (@DozieUcheagwu) October 1, 2019