Just two days after Nicolas Pepe produced a performance a £7.2 million winger would be disappointed with, let alone a £72 million one, another left-footed forward who spent the summer being relentlessly linked with Arsenal produced one of the best Champions League goals you’ll see all season.
Hakim Ziyech has always had an eye for the spectacular, going back to his formative years as the talisman of FC Twente, but his swerving, long-range rocket in Ajax’s 3-0 obliteration of Valencia was special, even by his standards.
After inspiring Ajax to the league and cup double last season, not to mention the Champions League semi-finals, this magisterial Moroccan has picked up where he left off with five goals and seven assists already in 2019/20.
He nearly scored an even better effort in the second half too, rattling the Valencia crossbar with another 25-yard thunderbolt.
Why none of Europe’s big guns took a punt on Ziyech, who was apparently available for just £25 million and linked with The Gunners via The Mirror, is anyone’s guess. It’s certainly a question Arsenal fans are demanding an answer to after yet another masterclass from one of the continent’s most underrated playmakers.
No de Ligt, no de Jong? No problem.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 3, 2019
Ajax picking up from where they left off pic.twitter.com/vodODbut8v
Ziyech the most underrated player in the world at the moment imo, he’s magic https://t.co/w2KtjvbcLp— Connor Cargill (@ConnorAfc) October 3, 2019
So sad Arsenal didn’t sign this guy instead. I wanted him so bad https://t.co/M67JDkAFlV— Puma (@puma_AFC) October 3, 2019
To be realistic we should of bought Ziyech when overmars offer him to us, big mistake. I sold Xhaka and ozil then bought Ziyech, van de beek and Partley.— Diaz SB (@DSB7z) October 2, 2019
To whom it may concern— (@Denii_D) October 2, 2019
We could have bought ziyech for 25m
But we chose to pay 80m for Pepe because ''ziyech doesn't fit our style of play" but Pepe does
And it's true because we've filled that Gervinho style back #AFC https://t.co/LSuoIyIIGF
Would have cost us 25m to sign Ziyech ffs what a player— Ryan⚪ (@AFC_Ryan__) October 2, 2019
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