Nicolas Pepe was married and he kept it a secret, now he has a child and he is still trying to keep it a secret. His wife’s name is also a secret but what is not a secret is that his wife was pregnant and she went into labor on July 4th, 2020. If she delivered on the same day then Nicolas Pepe’s son’s birthday would be 7/4/2020 or the day after 7/5/2020.
“Nicolas Pepe misses today’s game due to personal reasons, as his wife has gone into labour.”, Arsenal’s social media account reported. It appears that the Arsenal star’s wife has given birth to a baby boy.
The picture of his wife and son in the hospital was leaked. See the picture below.
Normally, Nicolas Pepe’s sister, Corine Pepe would have leaked the news on her Instagram page because she is very active online. However, she didn’t say anything this time. We will continue to monitor her page to see if she will post any image of her newborn nephew.
Nicola Pepe’s sister’s Instagram page.
Nicolas Pepe’s transfer to Arsenal
Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal and it cost his current team on a club-record £72m deal to signing from Lille OSC. He signed 5 years deal with Arsenal in 2019. His contract expires in
Arsenal’s former head coach Unai Emery said: “Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe. Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining. He will add pace, power, and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”
The Ivorian sticker missed Arsenal’s game against Wolves on July 4th, 2020, he may also miss Arsenal’s next clash against Leicester City.
Nicolas Pepe currently holds the record of being the most expensive signing Arsenal football club has ever made. The 25-year-old right-winger joined Arsenal from Lille in August 2019 for £72 million. It was exciting to Arsenal’s fans that their beloved club could invest such an amount of money on a player. In less than 10 months after, the fans feel it was an unwise investment.
Besides how the fans feel about Pepe and the amount of money the club had to spend on him, it was more or less a tradition for the North London club to invest in academy players, make them stars and then sell them for a huge sum of money. This tradition was very pronounced under the era of Arsene Wenger.
However, when Unai Emery became the manager of the club, he began to take the club to different directions and one of such directions was Nicolas Pepe. Arsenal started showing interest in the winger prior to the 2019 summer transfer window. Then, reports were saying that the club’s budget for transfers was just £40 million. And Lille insisted that Pepe would not leave the club until Arsenal pay £72 million.
Weeks later, the financial situation of the North London club improved when they were able to sell some of their players. The best deal they had that summer was Alex Iwobi’s £35 million transfer to Everton. Hence, they were able to garner enough funds to execute Pepe’s deal.
Why Arsenal’s Fans expect so much from Nicolas Pepe
Though the club failed to qualify for the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League after failing to defeat Chelsea football club in the Europa League final, that didn’t discourage Pepe from joining the North London club. Indeed, the money was too good for Pepe and Lille to consider any other aspect of the beautiful game.
Hence, when the Ivory Coast national team winger arrived at Arsenal, fans, pundits and critics expected so much from him due to the amount of money Arsenal spent to bring him to the Premier League in the 5 years deal which will expire in 2024.
Besides the money, his performance at Lille was also something that gave Arsenal’s fans a lot of hope. For instance, in the 2017-2018 season, he played 36 games, scoring 13 goals, and made 4 assists. In the following season (2018-2019), Pepe played 38 times, scoring 22 goals and made 11 assists for the French club. That means that he improved his game by scoring 9 goals and made 7 assists more than the 2017-2018 season.
Hence, when he came to Arsenal, the fans expected him to continue in that progression but unfortunately, Pepe has not been able to meet up with their expectations despite being one of the most used players at the club.
Pepe’s backward stats
This season, the pacing winger has played 36 times for his new club in all competitions, scoring only 8 goals and made only 8 assists which is a complete shortfall from his stats a season before he joined Arsenal. No thanks to his performance, Arsenal could end up not making it into a Champions League spot for the third consecutive time as they are currently sitting on the 8th spot with 50 points. They have 4 games remaining and need 9 points to get to the 4th placed Leicester City.
Besides that, according to “Transfer Markt” website, Pepe’s current transfer market value is €52 million, that is, about £46.5 million. This means that his price value has drastically dropped when compared with the amount of money Arsenal paid to get him. As it stands, Arsenal would lose over £15 million if they should sell him today.
Good news for Nicolas Pepe
Besides the fact that Pepe’s wife just gave birth to a baby boy for the Arsenal star, the arrival of Mikel Arteta to the club is Pepe’s best news in 2020 because the arrival of Arteta has greatly improved the game of the 25-year-old winger. Unlike in the era of Unai Emery, he is now getting more of the ball and now has more space to run with the ball and deliver it to the box-eighteen when necessary or try a shot on goal.
The improvement has been more profound since the Premier League returned from the coronavirus break as he has scored one goal and has made three assists in Arsenal’s last three games. If such a trait continues, the hope of the fans will be rekindled and the club could end up having a legend in the youngster.
Mikel Arteta has taken up the challenge to make Nicolas Pepe fulfill his potentials at Arsenal. He has assured the fans and the critics of the winger that “he is working on it, he will improve, he will get better. He has got the talent, immense quality and he is willing to do it”. Arsenal’s fans can only hope so and exercise the belief that the club has not wasted £72 million on Pepe.
Nicolas Pepe Net worth
Nicolas Pepe earns £7.28 million per year in wages with Arsenal and that means he is being paid £140k per week. He has been with Arsenal for almost a full year now and we can say that his net worth is withing 7 million range. ( He earned 7.28 million for the year with Arsenal and he is been earning big pay before he joined Arsenal.
There is no clear information about how rich Nicholas Pepe is but before he left Lille to join Arsenal, his net worth is said to be about £1 million. But that has greatly improved, thanks to his lucrative transfer to Arsenal. All things being equal, the 25-year-old winger should worth between £2 million and £5 million.
He currently earns about £140,000 every week; he is also entitled to other bonuses and incentives. His average salary in a year based on his current 5 years deal with Arsenal is £7,280,000.
When did Nicolas Pepe transfer to Arsenal
Pepe transferred to Arsenal on August 1, 2019, he signed a 5-year contract with the club in August 2019.