Nicolas Pepe’s surprise answer when asked to name toughest defender he’s faced

first_img Read More Comment by Metro Read More Guendouzi is confident he’s improving with every game at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Guendouzi is confident he’s coping well with the higher expectations placed on him this season after his meteoric rise at Arsenal last term.‘The fans definitely expect different things from me now,’ the young midfielder told Arsenal’s official website earlier this week.‘Right at the beginning, last year, I arrived as a new player, a young player who had just arrived and who was unknown.‘Then, inevitably, my playing well from the beginning last year was something new but I was still seen as a young player and new player that they did not know. Now, I have shown them what I am capable of.‘I have shown them that I can help the team a lot. So it is normal that they now expect a lot more from me, especially as I have played a lot of games last season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Then, since the beginning of the season, I have started in numerous games so it is normal that they expect a lot from me. In any case, I will always try to meet [those expectations] on the pitch.‘I think that I have a certain status in the team now. I have been able to show that I can perform well so I now need to be consistent, always help the team, always give it my best and always play well on the pitch.‘I think I improved and that my level increased a lot this year. I really think that I have hit many milestones and moved up a good few notches.‘I am even better than last season. My objective is to always keep making progress and that is what I will do in the years to come, keep on improving so I can be the best.’MORE: Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn sends warning to Mikel Arteta over Adam Lallana transfer Nicolas Pepe has had an underwhelming debut season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe somehow failed to name a single defender he’s struggled against during a Q&A session with Arsenal team-mate Matteo Guendouzi.The 24-year-old attacker arrived in north London to great fanfare last summer after the Gunners wrapped up a £72million agreement with Lille following weeks of intense speculation.Though Pepe has shown glimpses of the quality he possesses in his opening six months at the club, Arsenal fans would undoubtedly have expected their record signing to have made more of an immediate impact.The Ivorian has managed just three goals and three assists in the Premier League this term and new head coach Mikel Arteta has made it clear he wants to see improvements in an attacking sense.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Coming Next SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Feb 2020 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link654Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Read More Nicolas Pepe’s surprise answer when asked to name toughest defender he’s faced Skip Ad Read More 1/1 / Top articles Advertisement Pepe couldn’t name one tough defender he’s faced (Picture: Arsenal FC)Pepe was widely criticised following Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea last month, with Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand both slamming the forward’s work-rate at Stamford Bridge, but the player himself appears content with how he’s fared so far in England.AdvertisementAdvertisementDuring a rapid fire Q&A session for Arsenal’s official YouTube channel, Guendouzi asked: ‘Who’s the toughest defender you’ve played against?’‘Honestly… nobody,’ Pepe replied.Guendouzi, clearly surprised at the answer, responded, ‘Honestly’ to which Pepe replied: ‘Honestly.’A damning indictment of the standard of Premier League defenders or a simply a sign the sheer confidence Pepe has in his ability? Perhaps a bit of both…Elsewhere in the video, Pepe admitted he’s not the biggest fan of English cuisine and revealed that he’s often mistaken for Manchester United defender and Ivory Coast team-mate Eric Bailly. Full Screen Video Settings Advertisement Read More PLAY last_img read more

Features galore in prestige home designed for growing families

first_img20 Lonsdale St, AscotOne of the downstairs bedrooms has a study nook and opens through white plantation shutter doors to a small courtyard, while the upper main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and access to the front balcony.The residence also includes an office with built-in cabinetry and a downstairs rumpus room that extends to a rear covered patio. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoA mix of formal and informal living zones are complemented by generous outdoor areas, with the upstairs kitchen, living and dining spaces opening to front and rear balconies with leafy street and backyard views.Covered and floored with timber, the rear balcony has an awning for relaxed, year-round entertaining, while the back yard boasts an in-ground pool with a perimeter of established gardens and trees providing ample privacy.Back inside, the bedrooms are upstairs and down, all with carpet and either a ceiling fan or airconditioning. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotAgent Damon Warat counts the house’s location as one of its top perks, being located in a quiet tree-lined street only a short stroll to Racecourse Rd and its cafes, bars and restaurants.“This is a really good family home, spread over two spacious levels with a bright, naturally lit interior,” Mr Warat said.Sitting on 810sq m, the house has an open-plan design with sleek timber floorboards, VJ walls, high ceilings and an elegant, neutral colour scheme throughout. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotOther features of the house include sufficient storage areas, a double garage, fireplace, ducted airconditioning, carpet to the upstairs living room, leadlight glass to assorted windows and doors, and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.“Offering more than enough room for the growing family, this residence is all about lifestyle,” Mr Warat said.“Elegantly and generously proportioned, it is in one of Ascot’s most loved streets, close to Racecourse Rd and the Eagle Farm produce markets.” Inspections are by appointment, with the property scheduled to go to auction on site at 9am on March 4 if not sold sooner. 20 Lonsdale St, AscotTHIS five-bedroom home in one of Brisbane’s most prestigious suburbs is packed with features for the growing family.With nothing to do but move in, this five-bedroom residence offers all of the convenience of a comfortable, ready to enjoy lifestyle. The property at 20 Lonsdale St, Ascot, has three bathrooms, two car spaces and loads of family friendly features.last_img read more

Solskjaer takes positives from loss

first_img Everton dominated the contest and could justifiably claim victory was deserved after Marshall denied Kevin Mirallas, Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku twice and Ross Barkley with top-class stops. It took a deflection off Steven Caulker after 59 minutes for Deulofeu to finally break through. But Cardiff battled and got back into the contest nine minutes later when Cala bundled in a Peter Whittingham free-kick. Defeat therefore came as a cruel blow for them. The visitors also felt they should have had a penalty when Wilfried Zaha went down under a challenge from Sylvain Distin shortly before Coleman sliced a shot that looped into the top corner in injury time. Marshall said: “It was an unbelievable finish. The boy mishit the shot. “It was a sickener but we showed a lot of character and played well. It was a good, positive performance. “We’re disappointed but we will take a lot of confidence from it. “We have a home game against Liverpool next week but our stadium is a hard place to come to. “If we start well we know we can get a positive result. Then the games after that are the teams round about us, so we can take confidence.” For Everton, the result was a boost to their push for European qualification. Defender John Stones said: “It was a big relief but I think we knew it was coming. “We would have liked it to come sooner but Seamus got there in the end. “It took a long time to get in the net but I think we deserved the three points. “Cardiff had a really good go at it and put us under quite a lot of pressure but overall I think we were the better team and deserved that second goal.” Everton seem to be in a battle with Tottenham and Manchester United for fifth place but no-one at the club is ruling out the possibility of snatching fourth and a Champions League spot. Stones said: “We take each game at a time but never say never. We have got great character in there and I am sure we can achieve something special this season.” Stones, 19, is enjoying a promising first full season with the Toffees and has played the last three games at centre-back in the absence of England’s Phil Jagielka through injury. Stones, signed from Barnsley in January last year, said: “I am loving every minute of it. “The more game time and the more experience I get from the players, playing against Premier League opposition, it only benefits me. “Jags has been injured but he is still putting his influence on me in training, giving me advice. So is Sylvain. “It is all looking forward and I can’t thank them enough.” With just one win in their last six games, they face an increasingly tough fight to climb out of the relegation zone but Solskjaer retains strong belief. The Norwegian said: “With this attitude we will get points. We will see how many we need, but I can’t say enough how pleased I was with the performance. “I thought we performed fantastically. Everton have been outstanding this season at home and we gave them a game. “We get on the ball, we defend, put our bodies on the line and then they get a goal at the end. “Of course we need points. We need points to get clear of the relegation zone. “But it has turned. We have turned the corner in the last couple of weeks, the performances have been a lot better. “We won last week and should have had points here as well. We’re not bad. “Every game is a huge game now but if we have this attitude to the end of the season, we will be fine. The attitude is different class at the moment.” Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims he saw plenty in his side’s defeat at Everton to convince him they will survive in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The Welsh side slipped deeper into relegation trouble as they suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at Goodison Park after a last-gasp, mishit strike by Seamus Coleman. Cardiff had looked good for a point after goalkeeper David Marshall produced several fine saves to repel the Merseysiders and Juan Cala cancelled out Gerard Deulofeu’s deflected opener. last_img read more