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Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe names his toughest Premier League opponent

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe names his toughest Premier League opponent

Pepe’s Arsenal stint

Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 from Lille.

The Gunners paid a staggering £72m to bring the Ivorian to north London.

And though a player of course has no control over his price-tag, to say that Pepe has since failed to come anywhere close to justifying such a fee would be putting it lightly.

Both Unai Emery, who has made public that he in fact wanted to sign Wilfried Zaha over Pepe, and Mikel Arteta, have struggled to get the best out of the gifted wide-man.

Pepe would have a bright end to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, which saw him net five in his last three league outings of the season.

However, he has since so far struggled to emulate that form during the new season.

He would score one and assist one vs a very weak West Brom side in the League Cup. But Pepe’s displays in the PL this term have been nothing to write home about.

Pepe’s toughest Premier League opponent

Regardless, Pepe has now notched close to a century of appearances for the Gunners, with 63 of those outings coming in the Premier League.

This has seen Pepe face pretty much every top full-back in the league currently. And now, the 26-year-old has moved to name his toughest PL opponent.

As per the Mirror, when pressed on who his toughest opponent in the Premier League has been thus far, Pepe told Amazon Prime Video that it was Manchester United right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, stating:

“I really enjoy watching him play. I would say Wan-Bissaka. I think he is very strong in both areas.”

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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1 Chelsea FC 8 13 19
2 Liverpool FC 8 16 18
3 Manchester City 8 13 17
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 3 15
5 Manchester United 8 6 14
6 Everton FC 7 5 14
7 Brentford FC 8 3 12
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 0 12
9 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
10 West Ham United 7 4 11
11 Leicester City 8 -1 11
12 Aston Villa 8 0 10
13 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Southampton FC 8 -4 7
16 Watford FC 8 -8 7
17 Leeds United 8 -8 6
18 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
19 Burnley FC 8 -8 3
20 Norwich City 8 -14 2

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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
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Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
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Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
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