Europa League: Pepe becomes 1st player to net 2 free-kicks since 2013

Europa League: Pepe becomes 1st player to net 2 free-kicks since 2013

- Europa League clash between Arsenal vs Vitoria de Guimaraes saw the Gunners come back twice to win by 3-2

- Martinelli canceled out Edwards earlier strike as Duarte restored the lead before half time

- Nicholas Pepe scored two exquisite free-kicks to hand the Gunners a dramatic win

Ivorian star Nicolas Pepe was on top of his game during Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Portuguese side Vitoria at the Emirates with two superb goals for the Gunners.

The former Lille forward arrived the North London outfit from Lille in the summer, has not enjoyed the best start to life at Arsenal, but his two top class free-kicks late on ensured the Gunners staged a comeback from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

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Pepe’s performance on Thursday night, October 24, meant he becomes the first player since Luis Suarez in February 2013, to net twice from direct free-kicks in one game in a Europa League fixture.

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Interestingly, Suarez achieved this feat during his Liverpool days, netting from two free-kicks against Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Gunners fans would be hoping Pepe continue his good run in Arsenal colours as Suarez did at the Kop side.

Despite the record, Pepe will not forget the night in a hurry, and will be praying this performance kick-starts his career at the Emirates.

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Surprisingly, Pepe, who doubles as Arsenal record signing still hasn’t scored from open play for the Unai Emery’s side despite the quality of his two goals.

The Ivorian’s other goal before Thursday’s milestone came from the spot in a Premier League fixture against Aston Villa. reported earlier that Robert Lewandowski continued his scoring form for Bayern Munich after netting twice in their 3-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.

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Lewandowski, who netted a brace in Bayern's 7-2 bashing of Tottenham early in the month, has now taken his total haul to hit 21 goals in 17 appearances for both club and country this campaign.

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