Arsenal have confirmed the departure of former club record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Nicolas Pepe is a French-born midfielder who plays for the Ivory Coast national team and for Arsenal; he is currently on loan at Nice. Previously, he has played most of his football in the French league for Poitiers, Angers, Lille and Orleans on loan.
At the start of the 2019/20 season he joined Arsenal from Lille for a reported club record fee of £72million and helped the club win the FA Cup.
Life at Arsenal under then manager Unai Emery got off to a difficult start as Pepe failed to live up to his price tag in his first few appearances. Pepe scored his first Arsenal goal, a penalty, in a 3-2 home win over Aston Villa in September.
Arsenal continued to be inconsistent in the Premier League finishing in 8th place. However, Pepe was part of Arsenal's successful 2020 FA Cup run, helping the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 in the final.
Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after winning the 2020 FA Cup
Rising talent at Lille
Pepe joined Lille from Angers ahead of the 2017/18 season on a five-year deal for a reported transfer fee of €10 million.
The following season was a prolific one for Pepe as he netted 22 times in Ligue 1, finishing second only to Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 top scorers race. Having finished 17th the previous season, Lille finished second to Paris Saint-Germain in 2018/19.
Ivory Coast international
Pepe's five year contract with Arsenal signed in 2019 is worth a reported £105,000 per week.