Eddie Nketiah could be on Arsenal’s path before the summer transfer window closes as he goes beyond requirements and has little chance of getting playing time under Mikel Arteta this season.
The 22-year-old is in the pecking order behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, so his best chances for a first-team chance could be outside the Emirates Stadium.
Nketiah joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2015 and impressed at youth level before moving up to the senior team. He scored 15 goals with three assists in 16 games for the U18s, three goals with one assists for the U19s and 28 goals with seven assists in 39 games for the U23s.
The former England U21 international, who scored 16 goals in 17 youth appearances, has scored 13 goals in 65 games since Arsenal promoted him to the first team. Nketiah has only played 11 Premier League games in the last four seasons so the writing is on the wall.
Arteta has no plans for the 22-year-old this season and he risks wasting another year on the bench if he stays at Arsenal. As such, Nketiah should review his options before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August. The Gunners, who are cutting their squad numbers to fund a summer edition, want £ 20m for the striker.
Nketiah’s deal in the Emirates expires next summer, so Arsenal must redeem it now or give him a contract extension so they don’t risk losing the center-forward in 2022 for free.
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