Nicolas Pepe, the talented winger, has bid farewell to Arsenal FC and embarked on a new chapter in his career with Trabzonspor FC. The Ivorian international’s transfer, notably on a free deal, has raised eyebrows in the footballing world and has started discussions about the motivations behind this unexpected move.
Nicolas Pepe’s journey with Arsenal has been a rollercoaster ride. Signed from French club Lille OSC in the summer of 2019 for a then-club record fee of £72 million, Pepe arrived in North London with high expectations. His dribbling skills, pace, and ability to score goals excited Arsenal fans, but his inconsistency and adaptation to the Premier League proved to be challenging.
During his tenure with the Gunners, Pepe showed glimpses of his immense talent, producing memorable moments like his stunning solo goal against Brighton and his crucial strikes in the FA Cup. However, his inability to consistently deliver on his potential led to frustration among fans and management alike.
As his contract with Arsenal ended, the decision was made to part ways. But what raised eyebrows was the fact that the winger opted for a move to Trabzonspor on a free transfer.