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Jamie Redknapp raves about ‘special’ Arsenal star following Virgil van Dijk ‘problems’

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has been given the golden seal of approval from Jamie Redknapp after his Anfield display.

The Gunners lost 3-1 on Merseyside as Liverpool continued their 100 per cent start.

But their performance was a far cry from their 5-1 humbling they received in the same fixture last season.

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Pepe, a club-record arrival from Lille in the summer, was handed his first start and his pace and trickery caused the Reds defence a multitude of problems.

The Ivorian became the first player to dribble past Liverpool’s colossus Virgil van Dijk in 50 Premier League games.

And Redknapp believes Pepe’s ability to trouble the Dutch star is a promising sign for Arsenal moving forward.

“In Pepe they’ve probably had the best player on the pitch,’ he said on Sky Sports.

Pepe showed his quality in patches during Arsenal’s loss at Liverpool

“I’ve seen Arsenal come here (to Anfield) in the last few years and they haven’t done anything at all.

“But they have got a special talent in Pepe, I’ve been so impressed with him.

“He’s always looking to run on the shoulder, he’s causing mayhem.

“When they started to be a bit more direct, that’s when they started to cause problems.

“You can see the keeper doesn’t know what to do, Virgil van Dijk has had problems all game.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily because he’s not playing well, I just think it’s more because of Pepe.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang partnered Pepe in attack while Alexandre Lacazette was named on the bench.

Arsenal’s firepower was a plus for them last season and early indications are that they could get even better.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/jamie-redknapp-raves-special-arsenal-19004220

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