Nicholas Pepe Biography: Nicolas Pepe is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for the Ivory Coast national team and Premier League club Arsenal. He is known for his skilled and pacey attacking style. He is one of a kind of a winger who is comfortable on both flanks, but usually, prefer to play on the right-wing. Nicolas is also among those players who have kept Europe’s top clubs to keel on their knees. He started his career in football as a goalkeeper for the Solitaire Paris East, but eventually he polished his skills to acquire his place in Angers, Lille and Arsenal. For his national team, he had played 15 matches in which he netted four goals.
Nicolas Pepe was born on 29th May 1995 in the Mantes-la-Jolie commune located north-central France, his parents were Ivorian immigrants who migrated from their hometown to France in the mid-1990s to seek better living. His father Celestin was a Prison warder while his mom was a housekeeper. Pepe’s childhood doesn’t spend in luxury or comfort, he doesn’t have enough toys, all he had was just a soccer ball which he kicks and plays all the time. During 1998 when France was waking up and was trying to make its appearance in all most every sector, the African migrants saw it as a huge opportunity to change their lives. Numbers of Africans migrants started participating in football, Nicolas wasn’t an exception, although he went on with his studies and mixed it with soccer until he reached his early teenage years. Nicolas never-ending passion for football made him to qualify for the trials of the French Local club Poitiers FC, during his initial days he amazed everyone with his ability, Despite his impressive sills and performances at the youth level many bigger academies football scouts became deterred by Nicolas Pepe’s randy Physique as well as of his attitude, there were predictions that he was inconsistent and lazy is certain situations due to which no one approached or appreciated him. Such depressing environments doesn’t erode Nicola’s passion for football, he trains harder and harder without worrying about thinking anything, no sooner he became a regular in the Poitiers first team.
Pepe doesn’t showcase his personal life in media, he mostly tries to escape from the public eye to keep his personal life Simple and possibly drama-free. He nowadays is more concerned for his carrier and sought to avoid any kind of distractions.
Nicolas Pepe’s performances continued to improve and glaze more and more, day after day, he helped his club to secure a win by 3-1 which spared them from relegation in the 2012-13 season. Seeing his majestic performances he finally got his first big offer from Angers a club located in Western France. It was the turning point for Nicolas, He made his professional debut in the second round of the Coupe de la Ligue On 26th August 2014, played his first Ligue-2 match on 21 November 2014, he then was loaned to Orleans for the 2015-16 Championnat National, where he helped the club to perform well in the championship through securing the third place. He returned to the Angers in Ligue 1 matches, he played a crucial role for his team to lead them in the finals of 2017 Coupe de France, but the team lost the match against Paris Saint-Germain by 1-0. In 2017 he signed a five year deal with Lille, the coach Marcelo Bielsa disclosed that he watched his all performances in every Ligue 1 game he played for the Angers before throwing a deal to him. On 15 September 2018, during the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season Pepe netted his hat-trick including two penalties against Amiens by 3-2. On 14 April 2019, Pepe netted one goal and assisted two in securing a win against the PSG, he finished the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season with 22 goals second only to Kylian Mbappe with 11 assists, he was named in the UNFP Team of the Year. On 1st August 2019, Pepe joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of 79 million Euros overlapping the record of Pierre Emerick Aubameyag of 62 Million Euros. He made his debut for Arsenal as a substitute for J Mac in 71st Minute, played his 90-minute professional match against the Liverpool in a 3-1 loss, but in the match, he became the first player to dribble the past the Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk in 50 Premier League matches. For the national team Pepe netted his first international goal On 24th march 2018 against Togo in France in a 2-2 draw, before this he has been a part of the Ivory Coast national football team from 2016, for which he played friendly matches against France at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.
- UNFPLigue 1 Team of the Year: 2018–19
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foé: 2019
- Lille OSC Player of the Season: 2018–19
Pépé was named in Michel Dussuyer‘s 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, but took no part as the Elephants were eliminated from their group
Height: 5ft 10in
Eye colour: Black
Hair colour: Black
Pepe personal details
Full Name: Nicolas Pepe
Date of Birth: 29 May 1995
Place of Birth: Mantes-la-Jolie, France
Playing Position: Forward
EDUCATION: Not known
HOBBIES: playing Football
There were questions on Pepe’s entry in Arsenal which were upon the reason that Arsenal’s major problem form the last few years have been their defence, and yet again noting meaningful would be done during 2019 summer transfer window.
$85 Million dollars