Alioski’s Nicolas Pepe comments dredged back up following viral moment between pair in Arsenal’s meeting with Leeds

Alioski’s Nicolas Pepe comments dredged back up following viral moment between pair in Arsenal’s meeting with Leeds

Recent comments on the part of Leeds United midfielder Ezgjan Alioski, regarding Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, have taken centre stage online once again this evening.

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Mikel Arteta’s men are of course currently locked in Premier League action with the Whites at the Emirates.

Arsenal headed into proceedings desperate for a bounce-back result, having seen their European hopes take a major hit over the last couple of weeks.

Consecutive defeats at the hands of Wolves and Aston Villa saw the Gunners slip into the bottom half of the English top-flight table, behind even their opponents this evening.

As things stand, though, Arteta and co. look set to return to winning ways.

A scintillating opening 50 minutes on the part of the hosts saw them put no less than 4 goals past Leeds, courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick, and rare Hector Bellerin strike:

Leeds, however, to their credit, have since provided the club’s fans with a glimmer of hope, after netting a pair of their own 2nd-half goals, through Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa.

Alioski and Pepe cross paths

Relentless goalscoring action aside, though, as outlined above, it is in fact a moment on the sidelines in north London which has since grabbed the headlines across social media.

The incident in question saw Leeds midfielder Ezgjan Alioski hauled off by Marcelo Bielsa, before making his way down the touchline amid pouring rain.

At the time, the Peacocks were trailing by 4 goals to nil.

In turn, as Alioski approached the bench, he happened to pass none other than Arsenal attacker Nicolas Pepe:

Not sure why this moment proved such a significant one? For fans of the Gunners in particular?

It is due to the fact that, just days ago, Patrick Bamford spoke out regarding his teammate’s excitement at being handed the chance to face Pepe once again, after the Ivorian was given his marching orders for what was deemed a headbutt on Alioski during the reverse meeting between the sides back in November:

‘Do you know what, he said in the changing room the other day: ‘I can’t wait for Sunday’.’

‘I was like, ‘Why?’ He was like, ‘I’m playing against my mate Pepe again’. I was like, ‘No way!”


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