Nicolas Pepe was presented to the OGC Nice fans on Thursday night after completing his loan move from Arsenal was confirmed.
Nice had a Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday against Maccabi Tel Aviv, which came much too soon for Pepe to be involved in the fixture.
But it did mean the Nice fans were the first people to get confirmation of the signing, as the winger was brought out onto the pitch to greet them.
— OGC Nice (@ogcnice) August 25, 2022
The fan response was clearly one of enthusiasm and excitement, and it should be good for Pepe to get back to being in that kind of environment, where he’s the star man and a guaranteed starter with the fans on his side.
That wasn’t the case at Arsenal in 2022. The player isn’t exactly blameless in how he fell out of favour with the Gunners, but he now has a chance to start anew.
With Pepe gone, Arsenal have the chance to put his saved wages towards an alternative, if they can successfully negotiate an incoming. But The Athletic report that nothing is yet close.
Nice won Thursday’s match against Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-0, progressing to the Europa Conference League group stage.