Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has made a comparison between Nicolas Pepe and Thierry Henry, following the former’s latest goal for Arsenal.
The Gunners signed Pepe from Lille for a club-record fee in the summer and he has struggled to find consistency in his first season in the Premier League.
However, he put in a starring performance in the Premier League victory over Newcastle United, providing an assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, as well as getting himself on the scoresheet.
Speaking after the match, Souness revealed he has big hopes for Pepe at the Emirates Stadium and compared his first season to that of Arsenal legend Henry.
“I like him, I think there’s a real, real player in there. If you think of their best-ever player Thierry Henry, he didn’t have a great first year, it took a bit of time. I see Pepe being a star here. He’s got great feet, electric, a good finish,” he told Sky Sports.
Former Tottenham defender Chris Hughton also had praise for the Ivory Coast international for his finish and contribution to Aubameyang’s opening goal.
“It’s not the easiest of finishes, he got himself into a good position but he’s got to have that level of control on his finish, and of course he had a part in the first goal as well.”