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Nicholas Pepe vs Jadon Sancho: Who Is A Better Signing Among These Two Wingers?

Manchester United and Arsenal spent heavily in acquiring the services of Jadon Sancho and Nicholas Pepe, as the clubs consider them as the right players to fill that position in their team. So far, both players have not been able to live up to expectations, as they are yet to produce similar impact they had with their former clubs. Although both plays play in the opposite side of the wing, but we will be making a comparison to know which team got a better deal.

Picture: Pepe during his time at Lille

Arsenal signed Nicholas Pepe from Lille in a mouthwatering deal of €80 million in 2019. The gunners snapped him up after a blistering season in the Ligue 1, where scored 22 goals in 38 appearances for Lille. With his hefty price tag, the fans expected him to immediately hit the ground running, but with the poor run of form under Unai Emery, he failed to have any meaningful impact in his first season in the Premier League, as he scored just 8 times in 40 appearances in all competitions.

Picture: Jadon Sancho staring for Borussia Dortmund

Sancho on the other hand was signed for €85 million from Borussia Dortmund last summer. He had an impressive career in the Bundesliga after being denied game time by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. He scored 16 goals and 20 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund before signing for United.

Comparing based on their statistics in their former team, you will see that it is hard to tell which player is better than the other, as they are both good at their game, but using their first 10 games in all competitions for the comparison, Arsenal's Nicholas Pepe has an edge over Sancho because the Ivorian scored two goals and two assists while in the same number of matches, Sancho has no goals and no assists.

I made this juxtaposition because of the backlash the media and some football fans gave to Pepe when he first arrived at Arsenal. The gunners were being mocked that they got an expensive African flop, but surprisingly, they are not giving Sancho the same level of criticism.

So, based on what have done here, who do you think is a better signing?

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