In the 32nd minute of the Premier League tie between Arsenal and Wolves, Nicolas Pepe has been duly rewarded for some audacious direct play, as the Gunners have taken the lead.
Pepe was laid the ball on the left-wing from Alexandre Lacazette – who now gets his assist after having the one to Bukayo Saka ruled out – as the tricky winger was left to face up Nelson Semedo.
The skilful Pepe produced a bit of a dummy during his run to bring Semedo to a halt before composing himself and poking the ball through the former Barcelona star’s legs.
Pepe battled to latch onto the ball after his trickery, when he was then met by Ruben Neves and left to nutmeg the midfielder as well.
The 25-year-old rounded off a brilliant run by drilling the ball into the back of the net whilst he was stuck in a crowded penalty area.
Neither nutmeg was clean, but Pepe has been rewarded for some creative thinking.
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Nicolas Pepe just would not be stopped ?
Wins the ball back, beats his man, beats another, and finds the top corner for a great individual goal! pic.twitter.com/3BTrpWazS6
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 2, 2021
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Pepe has rewarded Mikel Arteta for his faith, this is star’s second goal of his last three Premier League encounters, with the club-recording signing starting in all of these fixtures.