Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe has named the toughest player he has played against in the Premier League – it’s not Virgil van Dijk, it’s Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The Ivorian became our most expensive signing in history when he joined us in 2019, but he is yet to fully live up to his price tag. However, he has had his highs in an Arsenal shirt, even against Manchester United.
Pepe is unbeaten against the Red Devils and has scored against them as well. He has played in on the right-wing in all three games, which makes picking a right-back like Wan-Bissaka as his toughest opponent a surprise choice.
However, the former Lille man seems to be a big fan of the Manchester United defender. He has revealed that he really enjoys watching him play and praised his qualities in attack as well as in defence.
Pepe told Amazon Prime Video: “‘I really enjoy watching him play. I would say Wan-Bissaka. I think he is very strong in both areas (of the pitch).”
Wan-Bissaka is certainly an excellent defender. The Manchester United star, like Pepe, gets undeserved criticism at times. Even when they have a good game, people have a go at them due to their price tag, which is extremely unfair.
However, the most important thing for both players is that their respective managers – Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – trust them.
Pepe has started every game for Arsenal this season. He has a goal and two assists to his name so far, and if he can convince Arteta to play him consistently throughout the season, he will end this campaign with a better goal return than last term.
Arsenal head to the Turf Moor to face Burnley tomorrow. The win against Norwich last weekend has helped lift the spirits in and around the Emirates, but the game against the Clarets is a must-win as well. Any other result is simply unacceptable.