At first glance, Jarrod Bowen and Nicolas Pepe have a few things in common. At least in terms of style.
Both left wingers are right footed. Both love nothing more than cutting inside before firing from the edge of the box into the far corner. But while Arsenal’s record signing of £72million is one of the most disappointing footballers to arrive in the Premier League in recent seasons, it is Bowen’s enduring consistency that sets him apart.
“Bowen, what a player he’s become!” This is what Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Number 20 of West Ham United last season. “Unbelievable.
We also saw him in Hull and he was really good then. I’m not sure many people expected such a leap, but an incredible player.
Stability and reliability may not be the hottest words in football. But you get the feeling that Mikel Arteta would rather have a roster full of average 7/10 players than a footballer who goes from two to eight every two weeks. His side hustle for Pepe at Arsenal – and his alleged interest in Bowen (CBS Sports) – certainly lends credence to this theory.
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As Bowen was one of three players to reach double-digit goals and assists in the Premier League in the 2021/22 season, alongside Mason Mount and Heung-min Son. You cannot do such a feat without having a pattern of sheer consistency.
Additionally, Bowen failed to score in five or more games just twice last season. A dip in form is rare for a footballer whose career has been on the rise for five years. He has even broken the ten-goal mark in four of the last five seasons.
Compare that to Pepe. 23 goals in 2018/19 and then 8 the following year. 16 in 2020/21 and then three.
It’s about him doing his best every week. Arteta said When asked about a player who flattered himself to cheat more of his player at Arsenal and could now be sold for around £20m with two years left on his contract.
“It’s about finding consistency. Not through the game, though while games too; Doing the right thing in many situations when he has to make the right decisions.
“It has nothing to do with his behavior. But sometimes it’s the simple things – the delivery, the number of chances he can create or absorb and then make the right decision to develop that phase of the game, the finish, the position in the box – that he needs to be more consistent.
We are working on it. I hope he does it much more effectively.”
These comments were made in October 2020. Almost two years later, the same concerns remain about Pepe. The same old criticisms
A criticism that certainly cannot be leveled at his potential successor at the Emirates Stadium.
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