Emery Commends Pepe’s ‘Match-Winning Free-Kicks’ In Arsenal Win

Pepe’s Match-Winning Free-Kicks

Unai Emery has praised Nicolas Pepe after his match-winning free-kicks for Arsenal in the Europa League against Vitoria.

Pepe had come on as a 74th-minute substitute, replacing Alexandre Lacazette, and sparked a lacklustre Gunners' side into life with two spectacular free-kicks in the 80th and 92nd minutes to snatch a 3-2 win.

It was a performance that drew the plaudits from Emery, who told reporters that the Ivorian winger has been practising his free-kick routine on the training field.

“Every new player usually needs time for adaptation,” Emery said in his post-match press conference.

“Pepe is a very good player and we believe in him totally.

“We are very happy for him and us because he has two goals from two set-pieces which were perfect.

“He trying last week with set-piece shooting on the training ground and I was watching his shooting.

“Pepe is improving and tonight he has two goals, which are important for us and for him. He’s continuing the adaptation in his process and as soon as he can adapt, that’s better for us.

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“The most important thing is the three points and that some individual players can improve, that they can take confidence for us and for them.”

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