Pepe scores free-kicks in Arsenal comeback win over Vitoria

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 24/10/2019

Gunners' most expensive signing and substitute Nicolas Pepe scores two free-kicks to inspire Arsenal in the 3-2 comeback win against Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night Europa League encounter.

Unai Emery made 10 changes from the team that lost at Sheffield United on Monday at Bramall Lane with the continued absence of Mesut Ozil who hasn't made the squad in a month again making the pre-match headlines.

Arsenal had to twice come from behind as Vitoria Guimaraes deservedly went ahead from former Tottenham Hotspurs man Marcus Edwards in the nine minutes of the game but Gabriel Martinelli, one of the few players to impress in the first half, drew Gunners level after 32 minutes only.

However, Brazilian Bruno Duarte put the Portuguese outfit upfront again just four minutes later to go in at half time 2-1 down to stunned the home fans at Emirates but Pepe was introduced to replace Alexandre Lacazette in the 75 minutes of the clash and he scored five minutes later with a curling effort from 25 yards.

He repeated the feat in stoppage time as Arsenal avoided their second straight defeat and retained their place at the top of Group F.