Nicolas Pepe scored in Ivory Coast’s 3-1 win over DR Congo on Sunday afternoon after a wonderful assist from Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha – and Arsenal summer signing Pepe has sent Zaha a message on Instagram.
Pepe, 24, has struggled since swapping Lille for Arsenal. The Ivorian pushed Lille into the Champions League last season, scoring 23 goals and laying on 12 assists as his side finished in second place in Ligue 1.
It saw him earn a £72million move to Arsenal in the summer, but he is yet to replicate such form for the Gunners. It comes after Arsenal were linked with Zaha before signing Pepe, with Sky Sports claim Arsenal were willing to spend £70million on Zaha.
But Zaha remained at Palace, despite late reported bids from Everton. Now, Zaha has rediscovered his excellent form and his fancy footwork gave Pepe an easy tap-in against DR Congo – as seen below, on Zaha’s Twitter account.
You’re welcome Nico 😉😅 pic.twitter.com/YAv24rXBs5
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) October 14, 2019
The Ivory Coast eased past DR Congo, with Zaha getting on the score sheet himself in injury time after defender Wilfried Kanon put Ivory Coast ahead. Chadrac Akolo scored a consolation for DR Congo in the second half.
Pepe took to Instagram himself after netting his fifth goal for his country, thanking previously-linked Zaha for his assist to score in the friendly win. The first part of his post is translated as: “Always a pleasure to score for my country.”