Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe is set to depart the Emirates Stadium as he enters the final ten months of his contract, with Turkish side Trabzonspor his next destination.The Ivorian, who had spent last season on loan with OGC Nice in Ligue 1, found himself excluded from Mikel Arteta’s plans for the 2023/24 campaign, paving the way for his imminent move.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano broke the news on Thursday, confirming that Nicolas Pepe had inked a short-term contract with Trabzonspor on a permanent transfer. Medical examinations were completed on Friday with the deal now complete.
Romano announced the development via his social media platform, stating, “Nicolas Pépé to Trabzonspor. Medical tests on Friday morning. Short term deal until June 2024. Player travelling later tonight. Here we go, confirmed.”
During his tenure at Arsenal, Pepe showcased his potential with 48 goal contributions in 112 appearances. However, his performances often fell short of the high expectations set when he joined the club. Most of his standout moments occurred in the Europa League, though there were sporadic flashes of brilliance in the Premier League.
Pepe’s Arsenal journey took a turn when Unai Emery, who had reportedly preferred Wilfried Zaha during the transfer window that brought Pepe to the club, was replaced by Mikel Arteta. Under Arteta’s management, Pepe struggled to secure a consistent role, even though the player spoke positively about their working relationship earlier this summer.
Despite his admiration for Arteta, it became increasingly evident that Pepe did not feature in the club’s long-term plans.
His Premier League playing time dwindled during the 2021/22 season, leading to his loan move to Ligue 1 side Nice for the 2022/23 campaign. Arsenal’s efforts to secure a permanent transfer for Pepe faced hurdles as his return to Ligue 1 did not yield the desired results.
The player reportedly rejected an offer from Besiktas and showed disinterest in a move to the Saudi Pro League, leaving Trabzonspor as the club set to secure his services in the short term.
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