Arsenal legend says Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth since his club-record move to the north London side. The Ivory Coast international joined the Gunners from Lille last year for a club-record fee of more than £70m, but he has failed to meet the expectations with inconsistent performances.
While there are no doubts over his quality, he has not been able to make the impact in the Premier League and most of his standout performances have come in Europe. Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson said that Pepe has yet to convince him and he must start performing against better teams than Molde to change his opinion.


He told: “Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth and he’s going to have to do it against much better teams than Molde to change my opinion. He let his frustration get the better of him against Leeds and did something silly with the headbutt, because things haven’t been going well for him at Arsenal for months. He came in for £70-odd million. If they’d bought him for £20m nobody would be moaning. But the fee brings pressure, and he’s not been able to handle it.”

TOURE, SAKHO IN BIZARRE REUNION

Former Liverpool teammates Kolo Toure and MamadouSakho were recently involved in a bizarre reunion in the Premier League. Retired Ivorian international KoloToure is a first team coach at Leicester City these days, while Frenchman MamadouSakho is a player of South London club Crystal Palace. KoloToure and MamadouSakho met during the Premier League clash between hosts Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park some days back. They reunited in a bizarre manner.


One would have expectedMamadouSakho and KoloToure to greet themselves in the usual way, which a pandemic friendly elbow bump but Crystal Palace centre back MamadouSakho had other ideas. He ran up behind KoloToure before wrestling him to the group as he surprised his former teammates at Liverpool.MamadouSakhodisrupted the Leicester City training with his antics. Before he arrived on the scene, the Foxes squad were in a keepy-uppy circle and the players were trying to make KoloToure the fall guy with some difficult passes.

I'M MORE COMPETITIVE THAN YAYA TOURE

Arsenal legend KoloToure has said that he's more competitive than Yaya Toure, his junior brother. He made this statement during an interview with the BBC earlier this year. KoloToure and Yaya Touremade their mark on Premier League football before they called time on their respective careers. KoloToure was part of the historic Arsenal squad that went a whole season without a single defeat.KoloToure sealed his legendary status with the Gunners during that invincible league campaign during the 2003/04 season after he partnered Sol Campbell at the heart of the defence for the majority of the season.


KoloToure left Arsenal to join Manchester City in July 2009 in a £14m deal and was joined by his brother, Yaya Toure one year later. Yaya Touremoved to Manchester City in the summer of 2010 after he was deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. The transfer to the Etihad Stadium was a blessing in disguise for Yaya Toure who took his game to a whole new level as a box-to-box midfielder at Manchester City. KoloToure and Yaya Toure were both in the Manchester City squad that ended the club's wait for a league title.

Kolo Toure Can Make Wesley Fofana a Genius

It is the job of the coaches to transfer an ordinary player into a genius. Most of the successful coaches in the world have these kinds of stories in their career where they have spotted a player with immense potential and have made them as gen in the football world. Wesley Fofana is such a young talented player of Ivory Coast who is full of energy and can be the best defender in the world.


Now it is the job of the former Ivory Coast player Kolo Toure to bring the best out of him. The young player debuted for Leicester City which is a club to play in the English Premier League. His first match went excellent for him.

Odsonne Edouard Explains How Toure Helped Him at Celtic

Celtic footballer Odsonne Edouard said how Kolo Toure has helped him. He said that after the first season at Parkhead he was desperate to go back to Paris. But Toure helped him to work hard and kept him focussed on to become the best player.

Mikel Arteta pleased with the recent performances of Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said that he has been pleased with the performances of Nicolas Pepe since the resumption of the season. The Ivory Coast international has experienced a mixed debut campaign with the north London side but he has still contributed eight goals and eight assists from 36 appearances in all competitions.

ESPN pundit insists Nicolas Pepe needs more time at Arsenal

ESPN pundit Stewart Robson has stressed that Nicolas Pepe can’t be considered as an Arsenal flop judging by his performances during his debut campaign. The Ivory Coast international joined the Gunners in a club-record deal from Lille last summer and he has since contributed four goals and six assists from 24 league outings.

Brendan Rodgers aiming to guide Leicester City to a historical season

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has said that the Foxes have the opportunity to make it a historical season by qualifying for the Champions League. The east Midlands outfit have remained in the top-four for most of the current campaign but they have recently stumbled with just one win from the previous seven league games.

Brendan Rodgers has no interest in the Arsenal job

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has clarified that he is clearly content with the Foxes and has no reason to consider a fresh challenge. The Northern Irishman only took charge of the Foxes in February this year but he has made a drastic improvement to their fortunes that they are now regarded as genuine candidates to make the top four.


Speaking in a press conference, Rodgers was asked about the managerial vacancy at Arsenal and he happened to dismiss the speculation saying: “I think exactly the same as I always have done: it’s something that naturally happens. When you’re doing ok, people want to take you away from something that you really enjoy. If you’re not linked then it doesn’t matter. I’ve said a number of times that we’re at the beginning of something here. I’ve absolutely loved every minute since I came here and have a good relationship with the people that run the club.”

Liverpool legend believes James Maddison would be perfect for the Reds

Liverpool legend Steve McMahon believes James Maddison has the quality to make the starting lineup at a top European outfit in the future. The England Under-21 international has been a revelation for Leicester City since making the move last year and he has already contributed 10 goals and nine assists across all competitions.

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