Ian Wright asks Arsenal attackers to use Liverpool as example for success , Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino powered Liverpool to their highest ever top-flight points total and a sixth European title last season, each providing a different type of threat to defences.
Arsenal have mostly had a two-pronged attack with the big-money signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leading the line.
But Wright reckons the addition of Pepe, a club-record signing at £72million from French club Lille, could turn Unai Emery’s attack into a group like the one Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal. ‘If the Arsenal three click like we have seen the Liverpool three click, then in Lacazette you have the hold-up player who can nick things in the box but also link play,’ Wright told The Athletic.
Pepe can beat people one-on-one, cutting in from the right assisting and scoring. Aubameyang, with his pace on the shoulder, can punish teams. ‘We can give players the possibility to close down, win the ball in that last third, then give it to the strikers. That is ideal.’
Pepe was chased by a host of huge clubs across Europe before putting pen to paper at the Emirates and Wright is delighted that Arsenal’s existing players were able to lure him to north London. Wright added: ‘Before Pepe got there, you saw Aubameyang and Lacazette welcoming him on social media by doing his salute celebration.
When you see that you know they are letting him know that he is already loved. ‘They can’t wait for him to be there. All he needs now is games. Even the other day, he gets on the ball and it’s just exciting.
He does a couple of moves and you think, “Ooh, this is awesome”. ‘They want the three of them to be an item. Not the two of them. It’s a three-pronged attack with pace, and something different in each of those players.’