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It is absolutely fair to say that Nicholas Pepe has not been as impressive as Arsenal would’ve liked after spending a huge amount of money to sign him from French Club Lille.

He has been somewhat inconsistent and his boss Mikel Arteta urged the Ivorian to work hard to improve upon the overall features of his game prior to the match against Brighton.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal scores his team’s first goal past Matthew Ryan of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Brighton, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Having been benched in his side’s first league fixture against Manchester City, Pepe would’ve been keen on making a huge statement against Brighton and he did as he scored the opener with a beautifully curled left-footed strike which placed Arsenal in a very good position to pick up the three maximum points.

However, his strike was not enough as the gunners succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Brighton which means that the gunners have failed to pick up a single point since the restart of the Premier League.