Arsenal's record acquisition The clubs announced on Thursday that Nicolas Pepe has joined Nice on loan for the remainder of the campaign. There is neither a requirement nor a right to make the transfer permanent in the agreement.
Pepe struggled after moving to Arsenal from Lille in 2019 for a club-record sum, registering just 27 goals in 112 games played for the team in all competitions.
In his most productive season for the north London team in 2020–21, the Ivory Coast winger scored 16 goals in 47 appearances and assisted them in winning the FA Cup in 2020.
Pepe scored three goals last season, but he only made 23 appearances as he lost the manager's favor, Mikel Arteta. The 27-year-old, who broke through as an attacking talent at Lille from 2017 to 2019, will be hoping to resurrect his career in Ligue 1.
After Nice signed the Wales international on a free transfer this summer, he will team up with former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey there. Kasper Schmeichel, whose 11-year tenure at Leicester City came to an end, was also acquired by the French team.
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