Experience is very expensive…’100 billion’ FW, “I learned a lot!”


He is a quality winger from Côte d’Ivoire. As a native of Africa, he has flexible movements, fast speed, and good physicality, so he exerts influence on his side. He has solid fundamentals and possesses a variety of dribbling skills that can effectively attack the defense. His kicking power is also quite good, so his mid-range shooting from the right flank to the center is threatening.

He stood out in the French league. He scored double-digit points in the league in the 2017-18 season and made a leap as a high-level resource, and became a target for a big club by ranking second in league attack points (33) in the 2018-19 season.

So he went to Arsenal. Arsenal, which was looking to 스포츠토토 strengthen their attack, invested an enormous amount of 80 million euros (approximately 105.4 billion won) to bring Pepe. This transfer fee is still an unbroken Arsenal club record.

However, contrary to expectations, Pepe’s performance was insignificant. In the first year of his transfer, he appeared in 42 matches, including cup competitions, but scored only 8 goals and 10 assists. On the pretext of his adaptation period, he had a decent record, but his actual performance was far worse.

Even after that, Pepe did not pay for the money. In the 2020-21 season, he showed signs of a revival by posting 16 goals and 5 assists in 47 games, including the cup competition, but last season, he only scored 3 goals and 6 assists in 23 games, including the cup competition, and fell into a ‘outside of power’ resource.

Eventually, Arsenal lost their trust in Pepe. In a situation where he had already been pushed out as a candidate by Bukayo Saka, Emil Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli, etc., when Gabriel Jesus joined, it was classified as a ‘sale’ resource. So Pepe returned to the bright French league. The destination is OGC Nice. It wasn’t a complete transfer, it was a lease.

Returning to the French league, Pepe is back in good form. He is currently the main player and is active as the team’s ‘main axis’ by posting 8 goals and 1 assist in 23 games, including cup competitions.

Pepe, who is living a successful life in France, was asked about his life at Arsenal. He had more bad memories than good ones, but he was satisfied. In an interview with the French media ‘RMC Sport’, Pepe said, “My time in England made me grow more. As I got older and had children, I became more mature. There were some bad parts, but it was a really good experience. Set my mind straight. I gave and gave a lot,” he said.

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