The Ivory Coast striker had a brilliant performance on the Gunners’ attack, thereby contributing to the final 3-0 victory.
Arsenal training before the Molde clash
Arsenal is full of confidence when having a trip to Molde’s home field in the fourth match of Group B Europa League. Coach Mikel Arteta launched many reserve names from the beginning of the season such as midfielder David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.
At the beginning of the match, the Gunners dominated the Norwegian representative. Arsenal fans expect this to be a test match for the young talent of the home team such as Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, or Eddie Nketiah.
On attack, Nicolas Pepe is still an important card and launched by Arteta from the beginning. The Ivory Coast player has a mutant, fast-paced rock that promises to stir the Molde defense slowly.
It was Pepe who authored the opening goal in the 50th minute. Ainsley Maitland-Niles crossed the ball from the left-wing, defender Molde missed the lead, the ball reached Pepe’s foot before the 25-year-old star shot a very strong shot. into the far corner of Molde. 1-0 for Arsenal.
Leaving behind an ungainly red card before Leeds United, Pepe became the hope of Arsenal’s attack against Molde in the context of striker Alexandre Lacazette proved harmless. In the 55th minute, Arsenal had a second goal. Pepe pushed the ball for Willock on the right before the young English talent crossed Nelson for a close range.
After the second goal, victory was firmly within Arsenal’s reach
In the 83rd minute, Arsenal held a quick counterattack, Emile Smith-Rowe went ball fast before assisting Folarin Balogun to secure a 3-0 victory for the Gunners. With a convincing victory over Molde, Arsenal officially won a ticket to the round of 16 of the Europa League team when they won the first 4 matches of Group B.