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FPL breakthroughs: Pepe a growing influence on Arsenal

By The Scout 20 Jul 2021
Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal

The Scout is tipping Ivorian to thrive in Fantasy after impressing in second half of 2020/21

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The Scout pinpoints players who can build on their performances last season and enjoy big success in 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Nicolas Pepe (ARS) £7.5m

The winger was a major influence on Arsenal’s attack in the second half of last season. 

Pepe started only four matches in the Gunners’ first 19 Gameweeks, playing just 479 minutes in total.

But he then started 12 of their final 19 fixtures, turning in a series of strong displays.

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Pepe was Arsenal’s most prolific player during that period.

He scored eight of his 10 goals for the season and supplied all three of his assists in that spell.

The Ivorian ended the campaign in particularly fine form, netting twice against both Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion in the last two Gameweeks.

Pepe's best 2020/21 moments

The underlying numbers from Gameweek 20 onwards further highlight Pepe’s growing importance to Mikel Arteta’s team.

His totals of 34 shots, 31 shots in the box and 15 shots on target were all more than any other Arsenal player.

He finished level with Bukayo Saka (£6.5m) on 114 points in 2020/21.

Yet while the England star can be found in 15.6 per cent of squads, Pepe is owned by just 3.6 per cent.

Fixtures against promoted pair Brentford and Norwich City in the first four Gameweeks give Pepe the chance to build on his momentum and emerge as an early differential in Fantasy.

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