Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has raved about his teammate Nicolas Pepe in The London Evening Standard.
Pepe played well for Arsenal in their Premier League game against Leicester City away from home on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international winger was brilliant down his flank, and his performance led to Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers taking off left-back Luke Thomas, as Mikel Arteta’s side won 3-1.
Pepe scored a goal in the second half and was a problem for the Leicester defence throughout his time on the pitch.
According to WhoScored, the 25-year-old took three shots, had a pass accuracy of 74.4%, won two headers, took 72 touches, made one interception, and put in three crosses.
Xhaka – who cost Arsenal £35 million in transfer fee when they signed him from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, according to The Daily Mail – has praised Pepe.
The Switzerland international told The London Evening Standard about Pepe: “I think every player who comes to the Premier League needs a little bit of time to adapt.
“I think he is now this guy and the player what we wish, what the people wish, and he is doing very good game by game, training by training.”
Encouraging for Arsenal
Pepe is a good winger, and his performance against Leicester will encourage the Arsenal fans.
The winger has been playing well in recent matches, and the Arsenal fans will hope that he has finally been able to add consistency to his game.
Pepe has scored five goals in 10 Premier League starts, and has scored three goals and provided three assists in six Europa League games for the Gunners so far this season, according to WhoScored.