Arsenal 3-2 Vitoria: Nicolas Pepe Steals the Show With Double Freekick Goal


What a marvellous comeback Arsenal pulled in the Europa League tonight when we all thought it was finished after falling behind on two different occasions.

Vitoria had the first laugh. With the way we have fared so far in the competition this season, it would have been so strange for anyone to predict we wouldn't seal off the match so easily.

The visitors got rewarded for their impressive start when Marcus Edwards opened their books for the night. Knowing he onced played for Tottenham Hotspur really broke my heart but it's good that didn't really count at the end.

Our push to redeem.ourselves yielded results later in the first half. Kieran Tierney in his trademark manner swung in a curling cross for Gabriel Martinelli to head in our first equaliser.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles made sure we got punished as a result of a sloppy display of his which gifted possession to our opponents. After the first attempt that struck the foot of the woodwork, Bruno Duarte with great effort, thumped one in to put the encounter at 1-2 at the break.

The introduction of Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi was not enough to give us a better  result, not until Nicolas Pepe was brought in as our last substitute. Within a short time, he set the Emirates Stadium on fire

The forward shot a freekick in from 25 yards and it was 2-2. Our £75m summer signing did not end it there as he once again replicated his initial action though from a closer range. It was the last touch of the game, another freekick earned by the talented Guendouzi.

We triumphed with all three points being ours. Next, we'll be playing host to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday. We hope to bounce back from Monday night's Sheffield defeat.

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