Arsenal made 19 passes in the build-up to Nicolas Pepe’s match-winning strike against Sheffield United on Sunday, setting a Premier League record for the 2020/21 campaign
Nicolas Pepe tucked away the decisive strike for Arsenal in their 2-1 win over Sheffield United – capping a sensational 19-pass move from Mikel ’s side.
The Gunners returned to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool last Monday, with goals from Bukayo Saka and Pepe enough to secure the three points despite David McGoldrick’s late consolation.
And as well as earning their third victory of the new season, Arsenal also set a 2020/21 Premier League record when Pepe doubled their lead in the 64th minute.
There were 19 passes in the build-up to the £72million star’s strike, which is the most before a goal in the top flight so far this season.
While the move set a Premier League record, though, Arteta was delighted to see Pepe register his first goal of the season.
The Gunners boss said: “We have good options up front. This is what I demand from everyone on the squad that is on the bench, to come and make an impact, and Nicolas did it today, so I am really happy for him as well.”
Arsenal have moved up to fourth in the Premier League, three points adrift of leaders Everton.
The north London club appear to be on the rise under Arteta, who Manchester United legend Patrice Evra admits has transformed their fortunes since taking the helm last December.
“I think Mikel Arteta is the main man and it is a big sign to see the captain [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] sign a new deal,” Evra said while working as a pundit for Sky Sports.
“I see the green light for Arsenal and now also they bring the winning mentality and that’s why I now respect that club.”
Evra famously ripped into Arsenal last year, branding them “babies” and “weak mentally”.
But the Frenchman addressed his previous comments and admitted: “I’d feel like I was playing against a baby but you can’t say that anymore.
“I’ll be honest I really have so much respect for Arsenal and I’m really happy the way Arteta is doing his things.
“He doesn’t have also enough money to pay for the players he wants for his team so I am impressed