Nicolas Pepe: Nice sign Arsenal and Ivory Coast winger on season-long loan

Nicolas Pepe
Pepe scored 27 goals in 112 games for Arsenal

Ligue 1 club Nice have signed Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe on loan.

The season-long deal does not include an option to buy the 27-year-old, who started just five times for the Gunners last season.

Pepe joined the north London side for a club-record £72m from Lille in 2019 but has not been able to establish himself in the Premier League.

"Everyone at Arsenal wishes Nico well in France with Nice next season," the club said.

The Ivorian, whose contract expires in 2024, did not appear in any of Arsenal's opening Premier League matches this season. He has scored 27 goals in 112 games in all competitions.

He was introduced to Nice supporters before their Europa Conference League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has strengthened his squad during this transfer window, bringing in attacking talents Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira and young Brazilian Marquinhos.

There have also been reports linking Arsenal with a move for Wolves winger Pedro Neto.

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