Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 Jul 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link173Shares Arsenal should not have signed Nicolas Pepe, says Tim Sherwood Nicolas Pepe has scored twice since the return of the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)Tim Sherwood feels Arsenal wasted their money on Nicolas Pepe last summer, when they have Bukayo Saka in their ranks.Pepe cost the Gunners an enormous £72m when they signed him from Lille last year and he has not really lived up to that huge pricetag.The 25 year old has scored twice since the Premier League returned in June, but that has taken his tally to just five league goals for the season in 27 appearances.The Frenchman appears to be improving as the season goes on and could still have a very bright future at the Emirates, but Sherwood is so impressed with Saka, that he feels Pepe should not have been bought in the first place.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 18 year old has burst onto the scene this season and been impressive at left-back and on the left wing, so much so that he feels there is little to choose between the teenager and the £72m man.‘I think he’s got the game-time because of his versatility,’ Sherwood told Premier League Productions of Saka.‘When he saw Pepe come through the door he must’ve thought, “How am I ever going to play?” Saka has impressed his manager, Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)‘But let me tell you there’s not £70 million’s difference between that kid Saka and Pepe, nowhere near.‘In fact they should’ve saved their money and just developed that young boy.‘They’ve got a manager now who wants to look at their academy, look how many are coming off the bench, [Joe] Willock, [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles, so many of these kids.‘Just like Chelsea have done. The kids are there at all these clubs, just give them the chance to play.’Saka scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in the 2-0 win at Wolves on Saturday and Sherwood expects it to be the first of many.‘He’s very neat when he gets in the opponents’ box whether it’s to produce an assist or finish a move,’ continued the former Tottenham boss.‘I think the move was really good as well, he was in the right spot at the right moment. A very important goal.‘In the first half he struggled in some moments, he started to understand it better after 20 minutes I think.‘He scored a really good goal but what I liked about him was when things aren’t going for him the way he keeps trying and trying instead of putting his head down and being disappointed.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt was a fantastic finish from Saka as he opened the scoring for his side at Molineux, and in a week in which he also signed a new contract at Arsenal, he was delighted with the last few days.‘It’s been a week that I’ll remember for my whole life,’ Saka told Sky Sports.‘It’s been a great week not just for me, but the Arsenal fans. You can see what the manager is building and we’re really delighted with the results we’re getting and that I can tie down my future here.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m 18 and it’s been a dream to play for this club. I came up from the academy this season so I feel like I have to take it game by game. Wherever the boss puts me, I have to try and give my best. I’m so grateful to be here.’MORE: Arsenal fans convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is staying after hint on InstagramMORE: Jose Mourinho hits back at Arsenal over Facebook jibe by claiming Gunners ‘don’t have much to celebrate’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
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Agnes Stewart has been supplemented for the Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Friday and features in a strong Irish challenge for the Group One event. The Eddie Lynam-trained grey has won two of her three career starts, losing only to the smart Jack Naylor at Leopardstown, and she landed the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last time. A field of 10 is in prospect and they also include the Jim Bolger-trained Lucida, winner of the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in the Godolphin colours, and Aidan O’Brien’s pair Qualify and Together Forever. Richard Hannon’s Marsh Hawk was last seen winning a conditions event at Newbury in September and is another to have been added to the field by connections. Marsh Hawk forms part of a strong hand for Hannon, with Newmarket winner Osaila and May Hill third Shagah also in the frame. Saeed bin Suroor’s pair of Good Place and Winters Moon are others for Godolphin in the mix, while the list of contenders is completed by Ralph Beckett’s Forte. Press Association read more