After goals against Vitoria Arsenal fans will see a different Pepe claims Robin van Persie.
Robin Van Persie believes that Nicolas Pepe’s performance in the game against Vitoria Guimaraes has kickstarted his Arsenal career and the fans will now see a better version of the Ivorian in the next couple of games.
Pepe has struggled to make an impression since he moved to the Emirates and some fans were becoming impatient. However, with the Gunners on the verge of losing their second consecutive game on Thursday, Pepe was introduced on the 75th minute and he changed the outcome of the match.
He scored a freekick to level the scores at 2-2, he then repeated the trick with a better freekick to score the winning goal and keep the Gunners at the top of their Europa League group.
“I’m really happy for him. You can see what it does to him,” van Persie said on BT Sport.
“You can see that he is lively and happy and he was making all sorts of movements and skills and it’s great for him to score the winner. The price tag doesn’t really matter, you just need a moment to show the Arsenal fans, ‘here I am’.
“This is his day, this is his moment. You can see it in him, you can see that he is skilful, see that he is fast. I’m pretty sure after tonight you will see a different Pepe.”
Pepe showed just why Arsenal invested so much money in signing him with that display. All that is needed now is for him to replicate that performance on a weekly basis.