Michael Owen says the “one negative” he picked out from Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Standard Liege was an underwhelming display from Nicolas Pepe.
Gabriel Martinelli scored twice in three first-half minutes before laying on Dani Ceballos to score his first goal for the club, Joe Willock having already added the third.
Despite Arsenal‘s comfortable victory, Owen was disappointed to see the lack of impact Pepe made when he came on for Ainsley Maitland-Niles on 66 minutes.
“We’re talking about a lot of positives for Arsenal but there’s one negative niggling away at the moment and that’s Pepe,” Owen told BT Sport.
“I was excited by him, I watched him in the French league, he looked a very good player. He started the season, first game he looks as though he had a bag of tricks.
“But he’s just gone off the boil and that’s a huge investment for anybody but it’s a huge investment for Arsenal especially.
“I would have liked to have seen him come on and play really well today against an average team, show his stuff and get a bit of confidence, because that’s a concern I think.”