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Sky pundit criticises 'disappointing signing' Emery made at Arsenal, mentions the cost

Sam Preston November 20, 2020
Sky pundit criticises 'disappointing signing' Emery made at Arsenal, mentions the cost
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Arsenal need to find a more consistent goal threat from somewhere – and quickly.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has just two Premier League goals this season and the Gunners’ supporting cast hasn’t chipped in enough.

Former Gunners striker turned Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith ran the rule over Mikel Arteta’s forward options on the Pitch to Post Podcast (16 mins).

He criticised club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, as well as passing judgement on summer buy Willian.

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“Willian’s come into the team and not quite reached the levels that he had at Chelsea,” started Smith.

“Pepe, he’s hot and cold. For £70-odd million, so far that’s been a disappointing signing.

“Lacazette as well, he’s not kicked on from his first season, that’s another concern.”

That’s three forward players, with decent experience, international players, who Smith feels Arsenal need more from – and it’s hard to disagree.

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Pepe was Unai Emery’s big signing at Arsenal in the summer of 2019, and it’ fair to say he hasn’t hit the heights expected yet.

Consistency is an issue – he has shown flashes of his talent but not on a regular basis.

Arsenal were linked with Wilfried Zaha heavily in July 2019 – this report from the Guardian is one example.

And he provided another reminder of his quality last weekend as Crystal Palace thrashed Leeds 4-1. Meanwhile, Pepe continues to toil.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He 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 Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.