“You think of Thierry Henry … he took a while, I see Nicolas Pepe as a star”: Graeme Souness greets Arsenal after goal against Newcastle, because he believes he will improve after a tough first season in the Emirates
- Nicolas Pepe is blinded to Arsenal in their excellent 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday
- The Ivorian hit the third goal and assisted two other goals during the routing
- After a slow start to life in North London, the 24-year-old strikes his pace
- Sky Sports expert Graeme Souness said that Pepe can be just like Thierry Henry
Graeme Souness has praised Nicolas Pepe after the Arsenal winger placed on a dazzling display in the Gunners’ 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
The Ivorian scored once and offered assistance to the opener of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the late strike of Alexandre Lacazette when Mikel Arteta rebelled at the Emirates Stadium.
After a slow start to life in North London, Arsenal fans are starting to see a glimpse of the talent for which the club paid £ 72 million last summer, and Souness welcomed the performance of the winger this weekend.
Graeme Souness has praised Nicolas Pepe after his role in Arsenal’s victory on Sunday
The Ivorian scored one and assisted two goals in a dazzling screen in front of Mikel Arteta
De Schot drew comparisons between the Pepe and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who also failed to hit the ground before he burst out into life for Arsenal.
“I think there’s a real, real player there,” he said on Sky Sports. ‘You think of their best player Thierry ever [Henry], he came here and didn’t have a great first season, took some time and I see Pepe being a star here, great feet, electric and still a baby. “
Meanwhile, former Newcastle chief Chris Hughton also praised Pepe’s beautiful strike after good work by Bukayo Saka on the wing.
Sky Sports expert Souness said Pepe can be a star and compared him to Thierry Henry
The legend of Arsenal has also endured a slow start in North London before it came to life
“A good finish, not the easiest finish, he came in a very good position, but he must have that level of control that is good,” he said.
Henry enjoyed an incredible eight-year spell at Arsenal under former boss Arsene Wenger, firing 228 goals in 375 Gunners appearances, while adding 90 assists.
Pepe is far from that record, with five goals in 27 games and only four assists, but at the age of 24 it has the potential to be a real asset to Arsenal because Arteta wants to rebuild his team in the summer.