Eddie Nketiah has risen to the position of Arsenal’s number nine since making his debut in April’s game over Chelsea and scoring, despite speculations that he might leave this summer. This is because the 22-year-old’s contract will expire in the summer, and with Arsenal chasing a number of different strikers, what are the chances of a new deal?
The England international has scored four goals in his last five appearances, and his success is a big reason why the Gunners are optimistic of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Mikel Arteta definitely admires the youngster, but will Nketiah follow suit?
“This boy doesn’t change,” Arteta said after his brace against Leeds on Sunday afternoon. “That’s why we absolutely adore him & he deserves what is happening to him,” he said of the striker, who came through the Arsenal academy ranks. “He still has a lot to accomplish,” he continued, “but he now has the proper environment and the right personnel around him.”
“He can now be judged by what he does on the pitch, when before he didn’t have that context.”
According to Sports Deputy, Nketiah has turned down a number of contract offers in recent months, citing a desire to play more frequently as the reason. Will the achievement of this goal, however, be enough to tempt the forward to continue at the club?
This could be determined by who the Gunners sign in the summer, with a move for Tammy Abraham or Gabriel Jesus a possibility, relegating Nketiah to the bench once more.
Nketiah highlighted his delight at being back in the fold after the win over Leeds at the weekend, telling Sky Sports: “It’s been a fantastic environment throughout the whole season, it’s been excellent.” “The connection between the players and the supporters is palpable.
“Being a part of this is incredible. Any player wants to be on the field and have opportunities. I worked hard all season to ensure that I was ready when the opportunity came.
“My teammates deserve credit for assisting me in playing and performing well. I’m just pleased to be part of the squad and contribute.”