African players in Arsenal have had to endure a lot of mixed fortunes in this stressful week as the Premier League resumes following the suspicion forced on the games by the fast-spreading Coronavirus. Amid all this, Arsenal’s African player from Ghana Jordan Ayew netted in Crystal palace with 2-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth, thereby making top-flight history.
No other side has seen a more miserable opening week than Arsenal since Premier league’s Project Restart, and they suffered a back-to-back defeat during the games from Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City. They lost Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno, and Granit Xhaka to injury, and David Luiz was suspended, and to crown it all with more misery, they also took zero points from those fixtures.
On the other side of London, Nicolas Pepe is still settling down in his new team
However, the club’s African stars have presented themselves as Arsenal’s only standing glimmer of hope. Nicolas Pepe has been struggling to justify his transfer fee since he was criticized widely following his £72 million arrival from Lille. Nonetheless, he is growing into the top flight. He performed well before the lockdown against Everton as well as against Brighton. Pepe opened the scoring with an excellent left-footed effort that was slammed beyond Mat Ryan right after cutting inside and past Silly March.
Nicolas Pepe still has a long way to go on five goals and six assists in the English Premier league from his outstanding 22 Goal Ligue 1 tally from the last term. However, there are other Arsenal players who, at the moment, pose just as much threat as he does. Nonetheless, he still managed to end the season strongly. Bukayo Saka similarly silenced the pre-restart concerns that the comeback o fitness of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney would have limited his playing time for the Londoners.
Arsenal’s young guns getting more minutes under Arteta
Saka also featured against Manchester City on the right, but later switched to a more central role against Brighton which contributed the assist for Nicolas Pepe’s opener to settle into his new brief. Saka demonstrated his value to his side since his help was his 11th of this particular season in all competition, which is, in fact, three more than any Gunners player. Bukayo Saka still has one year left on his contract with Emirates Stadium, which explains why he will continue to show Arteta that it must make it a top priority to tie him down to a new deal.
Eddie Nketia also started against Manchester City, looking sharp against Pep Guardiola’s side, which created a goalscoring opportunity under challenging circumstances. The young Ghanaian player must now take advantage of the playing time he gets over the coming weeks to demonstrate the important role he plays in Arteta’s near look Arsenal. For how long will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continue to be a significant figure at Arsenal going forward.
The Gabon striker is also entering the final year of his contract, and now that the Premier League has resumed, he is finding it difficult to get started again. He managed two goal attempts against Manchester City, but David Luiz had better touches even though he only lasted 25 minutes, and he regularly got himself isolated from the action.
He looked a little more alive against the seagulls, but then he took seven shots without finding the net, so since it was a personal record, it was unwanted. At the moment, Arsenal’s hopes for securing UEFA Champions League and qualify for Europe is floundering, so Arteta is very desperate for his leading player to discover his scoring game for the Southampton trip on Thursday and Sheffield United’s FA Cup quarterfinal three days later.
Jordan Ayew’s goal made him the highest-scoring Ghanaian ever in the league
Premier League striker Jordan Ayew certainly has no trouble in finding the net this weekend. Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew defied all odds to net nine goals this campaign, raising his Premier League tally to 25, he was signed for £2.5 million in the summer. His glorious goal on Saturday made him the Alpha male next to Leeds United Tony Yeboah, Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, and Asamoah Gyan to make him the all-time top-scorer Ghanaian in the Premier League.
Since the project restart, no team in the premier league has looked as rampant as Guardiola’s side, and it still does not change the fact that the Premier League title is certainly beyond Manchester City.