Newcastle and Leeds delivered an entertaining football match in the Premier League clash last night.
The two clubs gave up defensive strength and clashed, opportunities being created at will.
Certainly, there were plenty of people who stood out and produced consistent quality moments, including Leeds striker Raphinha.
Operating as a winger on the sideline during the preparation phase, the 24-year-old was a constant threat to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
In the 13th minute, the Brazilian had time and space to move the ball to his favorite left foot and kick the ball to the far corner, beating Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Raphinha showed impressive consistency in the league last season, registering six goals and nine assists in the process and has already managed two goals in the new campaign.
This has led many Arsenal fans to want their club to acquire the delicate interior.
@ClockEndLiam said: “I want Raphinha at Arsenal, a gem of a player.”
@ De9ing said, “I’ll take him to the Arsenal Man. Him or Raphinha in a Pepe swap deal.”
@ TheyDontKno added: “I want to see Maximin and Raphinha in the arsenal next season.”
@_Amzo said: “Raphinha for Pepe needed at Arsenal, so much more direct on the ball.”
As noted above, many believe Raphinha would be an upgrade on Nicolas Pepe’s signing record, which continues to divide opinion.
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The £ 72million striker has repeatedly shown his ability to influence proceedings with goals or assists, but the frustration with Pepe revolves around his struggling to execute the fundamentals consistently .
Thanks to a combination of poor touches and inadequate ball retention, the former Lille star is negatively impacting the team’s ability to hold pressure for extended periods, which goes against philosophy. “JDP” (Juego de Posicion) that Mikel Arteta seeks to implement.
Pepe is expected to receive plenty of chances from the Arsenal manager and the Ivorian is certainly hoping he can win bigger sections of Arsenal’s fan base.