Nicolas Pepe’s eye-catching performances against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park Stadium back in May was one of the best display of Ivorian in Arsenal shirt last season.
The 25-year-old winger, who has been inconsistent since his transfer three years ago, produced remarkable display against Palace that days, and netted two sensational goal.
Pepe, who named in attacking lineup alongside Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe against the Eagles, scoring the opened goal for Mikel Arteta’s side with ten minutes left in the first-half.
The goal was a thing of beauty, Saka and Tierney combined neatly on a one-two and the Scot picked out Nicolas Pepe with his cross who volleyed home with his weaker right foot.
However, the Eagles scored the equasiler goal around the hour mark as Benteke found the back of the net. With time ticking on, a draw seemed to be inevitable but a big thank to substituted Gabriel Martinelli, who restored the Gunner’s lead in 91st minute.
Pepe, then delivered a moment of sheer individual brilliance. The Ivorian wriggled past Palace defenders and curled it into the far post to ensured the north London club will take home all three points.
With the Gunners prepared to host Crystal Palace at Emirates stadium on Monday evening, Nicolas Pepe will be aiming of help Mikel Arteta’s side to secure victory over local rivals, who coaches by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last four games against Crystal Palace and secured all three points when the pair last met back in May.
The Gunners sit three points and three places above Palace as things stand and have won four of their last five matches in all competitions, while the Eagles have lost two of their last three away games in league and cup.
Despite, The Eagles have proven a tough team to beat in recent weeks their away form hasn’t been great and the thoughts are that they might struggle at the Emirates.