Arsenal football club has released Eddie Nketiah despite how useful he was for the club towards the end of the 2021-2022 season. He was one of the five male players Arsenal released earlier today, June 10, 2022.
The news that Eddie Nketiah would cease to be an Arsenal player from this summer despite being their prized talent came as a shock for most football enthusiasts.
The 23-year-old striker was in a good form in the just-concluded season as he managed to bag 10 goals and 1 assist in 27 top-flight appearances for the Gunners.
After Pierre Emerick Aubameyang fell out with his manager, Mikel Arteta, Eddie has had to battle with Alexander Lacazette for the number 9 spot at the club.
It was suppose to be a good news for Eddie Nketiah at Arsenal when Lacazette announced his decision to leave the Emirates to join Lyon. Note that when Lacazette’s exit was confirmed earlier this month, everyone thought Nketiah will be in a pole position to start for the Gunners from next season onwards.
But with the statement from Arsenal that Nketiah has been released, it appears that the reign of both Nketiah and Lacazette at the Emirates Stadium is officially over.
Lacazette, Nketiah, and three other players in their U-18 and U-23 teams have now been released by Arsenal.
With Nketiah’s contract expiring this summer, Futballnews received reports last month that Nketiah was considering signing a contract extension with the Gunners after he was getting valuable minutes under his belt.
As it stands, interest from other Premier clubs will take a certain stage in the coming days. The likes of Crystal Palace and Leeds have always fancied having such a young striker in their ranks.
“Please note, any further development regarding players extending their contracts; joining/re-joining us; or leaving us will be officially communicated as soon they are confirmed”, Arsenal’s statement read.
The Gunners are looking to strengthen their squad this summer after missing out on Champions League qualification and are said to be chasing the signature of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.