Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe names Man United defender as his toughest Premier League opponent


Nicolas Pepe has named Aaron Wan-Bissaka as his toughest opponent in the Premier League (Getty)

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has named Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the toughest opponent he has played against in the Premier League so far.

Following a strong finish to last season, the Ivory Coast international has struggled for consistency so far this term.

Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka has been a stalwart for United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after joining the club from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2019.

Speaking to Amazon Prime Video Sport, Pepe said he believes the Englishman’s ability both defensively and offensively makes him a nightmare to play against. 

‘I really enjoy watching him play. I would say Wan-Bissaka. I think he is very strong in both areas,’ said Pepe when asked to name his toughest opponent.

Despite the praise from his competitors, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes that United need to sign a new right back in January in order to provide better competition for the 23-year-old.

Wan-Bissaka has been a stalwart for United since joining from Crystal Palace in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

‘Right back [they need to improve], in my opinion. I was really happy that they bought a second back, and what a second back [Varane], a serial winner,’ Betfair Ambassador, Dimitar Berbatov told Metro.co.uk, earlier this month.

‘But a right back to give more push to Wan-Bissaka, to drive that competition and everywhere else is a complete squad.

‘You see you sign a left back and someone who can drive you who can do your best in the case of Alex Telles, then how this raises the performance of Luke Shaw,’ Berbatov added.

‘Because you think ‘wait a minute, this guy is going to take my position.’ So you need to push even more into my training programme and here we go the result is he’s had a great tournament, a great Premier League and he’s going strong. So I hope that he continues that way, but at the moment he’s very very good at what he is doing.’


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