Arsenal fans want Nicolas Pepe replaced by 16-year-old wonderkid after debut goal

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Arsenal fans want Nicolas Pepe out of the team as 16-year-old academy product Nathan Butler-Oyedeji scored an incredible goal on his debut.

The Gunners saw their side lose 1-0 to Sheffield United in a disappointing display on Monday.

And one star to face pressure is Pepe , the forward signed over the summer for a record £72m.

The 24-year-old missed a shot from five yards out at Brammall Lane while he only has one goal and three assists in all competitions.

Pepe has featured alongside academy graduates such as Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson this season.

And footage has emerged of the latest talent making his presence known – Butler-Oyedeji.

In the clip, the Englishman is appearing for the U18s against rivals Tottenham.

There is nothing to choose between the two sides after 42 minutes.

The midfielder receives the ball on the left from Miguel Azeez.

He immediately takes on defender Yago Alonso, pushing the ball out to his right as the defender slides in.

But he is coming under pressure from Dermi Lusaka and Max Robson.

And the 16-year-old acts quickly, attempting a shot from outside the penalty box.

Butler-Oyedeji’s curled effort then drops into the top-right corner, leaving Spurs stunned.

The teenager wheels away in celebration, holding his hands out with team-mates following.

He scored another goal with 20 minutes to go but could not stop the Gunners’ rivals drawing 2-2.

This footage was shared on the academy’s official Instagram channel earlier this afternoon.

And the the 16-year-old immediately earned comparisons to Emery’s struggling forward.

“Pepe needs to start taking notes,” one supporter said.

Another commented: “Wish Pepe could do that right now.”

While a third suggester Butler-Oyedeji should be rewarded for his strike.

“Call the kid up,” they said.

“Better than Pepe already.”

And a fourth added: “If only it was Nicolas Pepe.”

It comes as club hero Ian Wright has demanded Leeds loanee Eddie Nketiah is “started”.

 

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