Some Arsenal supporters have hailed the contribution of Nicolas Pepe during the club’s 3-1 comeback win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday night.
The north London giants managed to put an end to their nine-match winless run across all competitions but the performance was far from impressive in the first half.
Though the Gunners commanded the vast share of the possession, they failed to test goalkeeper David Martin for the first 45 minutes and eventually went into the break trailing by one goal.
After the interval, the Hammers started as the brighter side but there was a sudden shift in momentum right at the hour mark after Gabriel Martinelli scored on his full Premier League debut for the Gunners.
Shortly after, Pepe took it upon himself to give the Gunners the lead as he found the net with a superb curling effort, and that was his first goal from open play for the club.
Few moments later, Pepe contributed with the cross which was slightly deflected into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the club-captain ensured the victory with his 11th goal of the Premier League campaign.
Pepe, similarly to most of his teammates, could not create anything in the first half but his game-changing display after the break has certainly earned him plenty of praise from the Gunners fans.
Arsenal have moved to the top half of the Premier League standings with the victory and they are now within seven points off the final Champions League spot occupied by Chelsea.
Next up, they have an away Europa League clash at Standard Liege on Thursday night before a testing Premier League game at home against Manchester City. The defensive performance surely needs to improve further ahead of the Cityzens encounter this weekend.