Movin’ On Up

Three games is too small a sample size to declare Nicolas Pepe’s redemption complete but the curve has arced pleasingly upwards in the last fortnight. Outstanding performances on both flanks against Southampton, Manchester United and Wolves have shown Arsenal fans the range of his talent.

公平性,我认为我们大多数人都始终认识到球员的人才。他在决赛中的影响一直都在那里才能看到。他本赛季有七个目标,三项助攻24次出场(其中15名已开始)。上个赛季他有八个目标,十个助攻42次出场。

那些是好数字,他们不是7200万英镑的数字 - 但仍然很好。这不是Pepe的错,他花了这么多,他的费用是如此多的,因为我们有些人已经开始怀疑“£72米的尼古拉·佩恩”是他的全名,但它与他周围的谈话完全相关。

价值决定了我们对绝对一切的评估。您在高档餐厅预期100英镑的一餐与您的捐赠者Kebab的期望不同。分析佩佩的问题并不是,奇怪的是,无论他是否可以提供目标和助攻,我们都知道他可以。这是缺乏如此非常缺乏的零件之间的。

It’s all very well being able to riff your way through Crosstown Traffic but sometimes you just need to be able to strum Wonderwall. There were times where I began to wonder whether Pepe had played football with other people before. His ability to strike a football is, in my view, unrivalled in the Arsenal squad.

然而,他和他的队友一起看了一下刚刚出来的人 - 就像一个以一个人来到三角形和口语的人来说。他对战术基础知识的赞赏一直是副格,有时他似乎很容易失去集中,让球在下午天空中令人愉快的看起来尼姆博斯特拉拉云分散注意到。

在我们触摸他最近改进和热门的战术细微差别之前,首先要说的是他在游戏的基本方面彻底改善了。我们都以不同的方式观看足球;但我们都可以告诉球员的强度水平升高。这是与足球看体验的先天,你可以看待定罪,我们都可以看到Pepe看起来更令人信服。

Pepe seems to be an introvert and introversion is often mistaken as a weakness in the uber machismo environment of football- but introverts are capable of transmitting intensity and we can all see that in the Ivorian recently. He had five ball recoveries against Manchester United and seven against Southampton. His goal against Wolves emanates from a ball recovery inside the opponents’ half.

也就是说,他在12月在2-1次击败赌博公园举行了四大贫困展示中管理了四个球恢复。他的射击和关键通过度量在过去的三场比赛中没有显着增加,他们一直稳定。Pepe看起来明显更多地参与,以及他是否已经“来到耶稣”时刻,而是可能是他的业务,而是他经营的环境已经改变了。

Andrew写了星期四早上的博客, I think it is quite possible that Pepe’s confidence was damaged by the signing of Willian after a strong finish to last season. That is not to absolve Nico, of course, one needs to rise to the challenge of competition at a big club.

The signing of Willian hasn’t worked thus far, to phrase it politely and Willian’s presence not only limited Pepe’s opportunities but when the two wingers are played together, one of them has to move away from their preferred right flank slot. Pepe has a little more to his game than Willian because he is capable of running in behind defences off the ball. In fact, he really has the qualities of a second striker with his presence in the area and ability to connect with the ball cleanly. We can see how much better he looks in Arsenal’s improved tactical framework.

很多改进是由Emile Smith-Rowe推动的,他将攻击团结在一起,因为他经常朝着占有的文字漂移并使自己成为备件。由于史密斯罗德的介绍,萨卡也有所改善,因为他现在已经拿出了他的球。在他可以在接球之前,他不再需要击败两名或三名男子。

Pepe出于同样的原因受益,在史密斯Rowe常常可以在他的内心传递,更难以努力。当Saka或Pepe在里面时,史密斯Rowe也非常擅长填补侧翼。这部分解释了为什么Pepe在左侧和右侧的左侧似乎有效。

The introduction of Thomas Partey into the midfield has also made a marked difference with his ability to spread play to the flanks. Simply, this has enabled Pepe to take up more threatening positions more regularly. Below are Pepe’s heatmaps from games against Aston Villa and Everton (where he was a second half substitute) before Christmas. In these matches, where he was less effective, he spent more time glued to the touchline, where his influence is reduced.

Pepe heatmap v Aston Villa (H)
Pepe Heatmap V everton(A)

Now look at his last three heatmaps below. He drifts in field far more regularly, which makes it more difficult for opponents to pick him up and also puts him into positions where he can be more dangerous. Pepe made his name as a counterattacking inside forward at Lille. His success there was not built on dribbling past banks of defenders, it was built on quickly breaking into central spaces with out to in runs.

Pepe Heatmap V Southampton(A)
Pepe heatmap v Manchester United (H)
Pepe heatmap v Wolves (a)

Mo Salah hasn’t scored over twenty goals for four consecutive seasons by playing on the touchline. Robert Pires wasn’t the oil in the Arsenal engine because he was stood next to the Highbury ball boys. Arsenal have found a way to get Pepe into positions where he can be more dangerous more often.

他是否改善的参与水平是在更流体的攻击装备中扮演的结果,或者他们是否被归结为一些个人灵魂搜索是开放的辩论。然而,可以说,一个上升的攻击潮水已经提升了这艘特别的船只。当然,现在。

阿森纳尚未在这种风格中播放很长一段时间。对手将收集更多数据,并将更密切地看起来像Saka,Smith Rowe,鉴于他最近的形式Pepe。我愿意下注迪恩史密斯正在向他的球员展示来自Pepe的最后三种表演的剪辑,因为他们试图唤起一种方法,以便在星期六下降他的影响力。

这是Ivorian的下一个挑战 - 回应回应。我们知道他在他的胜利时刻匹配,但他的集中和参与水平必须持有。他必须继续建立在基本面上,每周举行六到七个水平,灵感的时刻将照顾自己。

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