RAY OF LIGHT
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour called for Nicolas Pepe to do more in the Premier League after his Europa League man of the match display.
Pepe saw red against Leeds before scoring the Gunners’ opening goal in the 3-0 win against Molde on Thursday which sealed Mikel Arteta’s side’s place in the last 32.
Parlour told talkSPORT: “He’s shown it in patches, but he was much better last night, I must admit. He’s better when he runs at players and commits players.
“He takes the easy option usually in the Premier League. Run at full-backs, make them commit… when he does get on his left foot he’s got a good strike on him.
“The reason he’s out on the right hand side is so he can cut inside and shoot with his left foot. We’ve always had left wingers who were right footed, Pires and Overmars, who would cut inside and score you 20 goals a season.
“But it’s alright doing it against smaller sides like Molde, you’ve got to do it against the big sides, he’s got to make the impact he made last night against teams in the Premier League.
“He’s shown glimpses he can do it in the Premier League, but he hasn’t done it on a regular basis. It’s consistency, you’ve got to do it week-in week-out, you’ve got to be a seven or eight out of ten every week, and that’s where you’re going to be real success at your club.”