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Nicolas Pepe: Player Rating and performance v Leeds

The forward had an afternoon to forget, getting sent off after a display in which he barely contributed anything to the contest

7:23pm on Sunday 22nd November 2020
Paul Macdonald

Nicolas Pepe's headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski at the beginning of the second half of Arsenal's clash with Leeds was the height of stupidity and compounded a miserable afternoon for the winger.

📷 Nicolas Pepe: Match Snapshot

Pepe was given the nod from the start by Mikel Arteta, a vote of confidence after a spell in which he had been used from the bench in the Premier League.

And in the opening exchanges he looked encouraging, completing three dribbles and hitting the crossbar with a cross. But as the match went on his influence regressed, and a moment which virtually sums up his Arsenal career to date.

🔴 ⏱️ 50' An altercation with Alioski led to Pepe leaning his head into the Leeds player, who reacted and went down. It was a soft connection but the intent was there, and the referee had no choice but to send him off.

〽️ Pepe: Rating Week-on-Week


Pepe's performances have been on a downward trend for some time and his 6.1 FC Rating, scored in 25 minutes against Aston Villa, was still better than the 5.6 FC Rating he received ad Elland Road.

🗝️ Key Stats

Pepe match stats

FC Rating5.6Flop of the Match
Mins Played50
On Target0
Pass Comp %79%
Red Cards1

Pepe: What Next?

Pepe's Arsenal career has not been what fans expected. He arrived with a big reputation and a huge £70m fee, but the club have not been rewarded with results on the pitch so far.

His Arsenal career feels at a real crossroads and the fact Arteta has only trusted him in the Europa League so far speaks volumes as to his current status.

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