Pepe is a right-winger playing for Premier League Club Arsenal and the Ivory Coast national team. Keep reading as we have analyzed his profile, professional career, net worth, market value, salary, contract, ranking, FIFA 21 rating, trophies, stats and achievements.
|Player Full Name||Nicholas Pepe|
|Nationality/Current Team||Ivory Coast|
|Citizenship||Ivory Coast, France|
|Previous Club (s)||Lille, Angers, US Orleans|
|Main position of Play||Right winger|
|Other position of Play||Left winger, Centre-forward|
|Net Worth 2021||8.5 Million Euro/ 7.3Million Pound|
|Market Value 2021||35 Million Euro/ 30 Million Pound|
|Height||183cm/ 1.83m/ 6 ft. 0 in|
|Age as at 2021||26 years old|
|Place of Birth||Mantes-la- Jolie|
|Date of Birth||May 29, 1995|
Pepe was born in Mantes-la-Jolie in France on May 29, 1995. He holds dual citizenship for France and Ivory Coast. He began his football career playing as a goalkeeper at FC Solitaires Paris Est between 2001 and 2011. Pepe could then join Stade Poitevin FC youth July 1, 2013.
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He joined Angers B on July 1, 2013. He debuted for the club on August 26, 2013 in their 2-1 loss to Arles-Avignon in Coupe de la Ligue game. Pepe featured in seven Ligue 2 games but did not score playing the first game on November 21, 2014.
The club then loaned him in the 2015-16 season to Orleans where he made 29 appearances and scored seven goals the entire season in the Championnat National to help the club earn a promotion as the runners up from the third tier.
He returned to Angers in the 2016-17 season and made 33 appearance scoring three times and assisting once. He helped the club to reach the Coupe de France final but they lost to France giants Paris Saint-Germain 1-0.
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Pepe joined Lille from Anger for 10 million euro on a five-year deal on June 21, 2017.He became regular starter, deployed as a striker by his coach Marcelo Bielsa early in the season; new coach Christophe Galtier shifted him to the wing.
In the 2017-18 season, he made 36 appearances scored 13 goal and registered four assists to help his club escape relegation to Ligue 2. 2017-18 season was his best season, he was in a good form becoming the second best scorer with 22 goals, and 11 assist behind Kylian Mbappe. This attracted big clubs including Barcelona but he signed for Arsenal.
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Arsenal spent club record fee of 80 million Euro from Lille on August 1, 2019. He first featured in the gunner’s shirt on August 19, 2019 against Newcastle in a 1-0 win coming on as a substitute for Reiss Nelson.
He then scored his first goal for the club from the spot kick in 3-2 win against Aston Villa on September 22, 2019 at Emirates stadium. During the Europa League crash with Vitoria de Guimaraes, he scored a brace to record his first European goals. The winger finished the 2019-20 season with five goal and six assists in 31 Premier League games.
2020-21 season, Pepe made 29 Premier League appearances and 13 in the Europa League scoring a 16 goals six being in the later. His first goal for the season was against rivals Manchester United to welcome Mikel Arteta former Arsenal player as a coach in style.
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He played his debut game for Ivory Coast on November 15, 2016 under Michel Dussuyer aged 21 years, 5 months and 17 days. He scored his first International goal in a friendly game against Togo in a 2-2 draw. He was part of the Elephants squad that participated in the Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon. He however, he never made appearance as they were eliminated at the group stages.
In 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, his nation progressed to the quarterfinals, yet again, he remained unused, and Max Alain Gradel played his position as Pepe failed to impress. They were eliminated in a penalty shootout by Algeria. As at August 2021, he had featured in 21 games for his country registering five goals.
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Net worth, Market value and earnings
The midfielder’s value has risen over time, we would like to give you details about his current, and previous values. Currently, the market value for Pepe is 35 million Euro. As at July 13, 2016, Pepe value was 300,000 Euro, this was his lowest value and he was 21 years old.
June 2017, the value increased to hit the million mark of 3 million and doubled when he joined Lille. It is in this club that he gained form and the value went up significantly to 65 million on June 2019.
After joining Arsenal, his value rose to its peak of 75 million. Since joining the Gunners, Pepe value has had a significant drop day in day out. April 2020 it was at 52 million and a year later it was at 38 million and by June 2021, he was valued at just 35 million. Pepe has a net worth of 8.5 Million Euro/ 7.3Million Pound.
Globally Pepe ranks at 163 among all players in the world. At his country Ivory Coast, Pepe is number three. Looking on how he sits at the club level and the Premier League, he settles for fourth position at Arsenal and 64 position in Premier League respectively. At the right wing, which is his main position of play, he ranks 15th. A quick look at his age mates that is players born in 1995, Pepe stands at position 19.
FIFA 21 rating.
Pepe has an overall rating of 80 with the potential of 83. He rates with four stars in skill moves and two stars for weak foot. He has an international reputation of one. His work rate is high/medium. In terms of traits, he is a technical dribbler, speed dribbler, long shot taker and flair.
In the attack, the score is 77 for crossing, finishing 76, heading 57, short pass 73 and volleys 70. For movement the scorers are 88 for acceleration, sprint speed of 90, agility 89, reactions 77 and balance 79.
A look at skills the scores are dribbling 85, Curve 79, FK accuracy 79, long pass 65 and ball control 81. Power the score is shot power 80, jumping 68, stamina 77, strength 68 and long shots 77.
At defence, defence awareness is 36, stand tackle 34 and sliding tackle of 30. Mental scores are 43 for aggression, interceptions 33, attacking position 76, vision 76, penalties 85 and composure 77.
His first transfer happened on July 1, 2013 when he joined Angers B team from Stade Poitevin on a free transfer. The angers senior team then transferred him to join them on July 1 2015 and he was loaned out to US Orleans for one year.
His contract away on loan ended on June 30, 2016 and returned to Angers. He spent a season and LOSC Lille acquired his signature for a fee of 18 million euro. In his two years spell, he impressed and got the attention of Arsenal who signed him on a whopping 80 million euro.
Salary and contract
Pepe joined Arsenal on August 1, 2019 from Lille for 80 million on a five-year deal. His current contract will expire on June 30, 2024. The winger pockets a salary of 140,000 euros per week and 7.2 million euros per year.
- Won FA Cup with Arsenal
- He played his debut game for Ivory Coast on November 15, 2016 under Michel Dussuyer aged 21 years, 5 months and 17 days.
- He debuted for the Angers on August 26, 2013 in their 2-1 loss to Arles-Avignon in Coupe de la Ligue game.
- Pepe made his Arsenal debut in a 1–0 away win over Newcastle United on 11 August 2019
- He made his professional debut for Angers in the second round of the Coupe de la Ligue in a 2–1 home loss to Arles-Avignon on 26 August 2014.
Achievements and individual awards
- Named in the UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year in 2017
- Goal of the Month in February 2021
- Was the Player of the Year in 2018-19 season at Lille
- Named in 2020-21 UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foe in 2019.
- Ligue 1 Player of the Month September 2018
- Ligue 1 Player of the Month January 2019
Appearances for Arsenal
Appearances for Lille
Coupe de la Ligue
Appearances for Angers
Coupe de la Ligue
Appearances for US Orleans
Coupe de la Ligue
Appearances for Angers SCO II
Appearances for Ivory Coast
|Africa Cup of Nations||2019||3||0||0|