This Thursday at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal welcomed the Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes in the UEFA Europa League Group Stages. The Gunners had to count on an inspired Nicolas Pepe, as the Frenchman went on to score a double in the hard-fought 3-2 win over the Portuguese. Marcus Edwards and Bruno Duarte scored for the visitors, as Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli and Pepe scored for the Gunners.
The scoreline keeps the Gunners in first place in Group F with nine points, while the Portuguese, surprisingly, are rock bottom in the Group, with no points whatsoever.
There was no shortage of excitement at the Emirates Stadium. To the surprise of the gunners, it was the Portuguese who took the lead after eight minutes with Marcus Edwards, who finished into the far post to open the scoring. 0-1 Guimaraes.
The Gunners weren’t expecting such a strong paced rhythm imposed by Guimaraes. However, they reached the equalizing through Brazilian talent Martinelli.
Gabriel Martinelli found the nets on 32 minutes to level the game. The young striker aroused to head home at the far post. 1-1. Moments later, it was time for yet another Brazilian to shine on the pitch though. On 36, Bruno Duarte took advantage of a poor ball from Arsenal defender to make it 1-2 to Vitoria Guimaraes.
In the second stage, when everything seemed to be lost for the hosts, Nicolas Pepe stepped up and made the English victory with two goals. On 80, the Frenchman got the ball and slotted into the corner of the goalkeeper to equalize. After that, already in the added-time, on 90+2, he sent it in the right top corner of the goalkeeper to turn things around. 3-2 Arsenal.
What a comeback from the Gunners. What a game Pepe made. We need also to mention Vitoria de Guimaraes, who were a very good side and maybe should have had a better bit of luck.