Nicolas Pepe moved from being the most promising talent in the world to one of the biggest flops in football within the space of four years.
After Arsenal paid a then club record €80 million for the Ivorian footballer, Pepe became a different player at the Emirates Stadium as he struggled to establish himself at the club.
Due to his inability to stamp his authority at the club, he was loaned to OGC Nice on August 25, 2022. While in France, Nicolas Pepe scored 8 goals and provided 1 assist in 28 games which was not promising enough to earn him a permanent deal at Nice.
Hence, he returned to Arsenal and remained peripheral under coach Mikel Arteta ahead and in the 2023-2024 season which prompted his push to exit the club.
Suadi Pro League clubs showed interest in him but he chose to move to Turkey. He has agreed to a short-term deal with Trabzonspor which will keep him at the Turkish club until June 30, 2024.
He has been seen in a private jet flying to Turkey late last night to undergo his medical and complete other aspects of the move.