Nicolas Pépé has joined OGC Nice on loan for this season from Arsenal. However, contrary to many reports, the deal does include an option to buy.
The move will mark the return of the Ivorian to Ligue 1. With the winger having stints at Angers and Lille prior to his Premier League move. Arsenal’s club record signing has made 80 appearances. Scoring 16 goals during his time in North London.
Nicolas is sure to add quality to the French club. Having represented his national team on 34 occasions. Furthermore, he has scored nearly 75 goals across his senior club career.
Le Gym stated: ‘OGC Nice and Arsenal have reached agreement on a loan deal (without purchase option) for Nicolas Pépé.
‘After searching for a talented and experienced winger, Le Gym are delighted to announce the arrival of Nicolas Pépé on loan for the 2022/23 season. The Côte d’Ivoire international is explosive, a dribbler, can make and take goals, and is returning to a Ligue 1 he knows well. He left in 2019 to join Arsenal, with whom he scored 27 goals in 112 appearances, winning the 2019/20 FA Cup.
‘In Nice, Pépé will play under Lucien Favre at a club expecting his talent. And experience to help lift the squad to greater heights. OGC Nice welcomes him!’