Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe is WhoScored's top rated Europa League player

Sam Preston December 4, 2020
Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe is WhoScored's top rated Europa League player
Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Nicolas Pepe had another impressive evening in the Europa League last night as Arsenal thumped Rapid Vienna 4-1.

Fans were allowed back into the Emirates Stadium for the first time since March and the Gunners put on a show.

Pepe was handed a perfect ten for his display against Molde last night and followed it up with another strong performance here.

That has contributed to him being WhoScored’s top Europa League performer this season (among players who have started at least three games).

Last night, Pepe made five key passes and was unlucky not to get an assist when he squared across goal for Eddie Nketiah in the second half.

He also showed his dribbling ability, completing five on the night. No Arsenal player made more key passes or dribbles than Pepe.

The Ivorian was involved throughout, and his 98 touches were more than anyone on the home side.

After the red card against Leeds, Pepe faced questions about his Arsenal future but has used his two recent Europa League performances to respond in style.

PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The standard of opposition must be taken into account, but Pepe’s response is encouraging in terms of his character and determination.

His next step is to produce similar form when his Premier League suspension ends and he is available for domestic selection again.

Arsenal are struggling for creativity in the league and there is an opportunity there for any player capable of laying on goals on a regular basis.

If he can replicate his European form domestically, Pepe could be that man for Mikel Arteta.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.