Eddie Nketiah scores, Mikel Arteta urge him to stay at Arsenal

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Eddie Nketiah scored for Arsenal on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, to help the club beat Leeds United 2-0 in the Carabao Cup round of 16. His goal inspired Arsenal’s coach Mikel Arteta to urge him to stay at the club.

Eddie Nketiah has less than a season left on his contract with Arsenal and he was reportedly not planning to continue his development at the club since coach Arteta has not been giving him regular playing time.

The 22-year-old English striker who has been a backup to the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly considering a move to a club where he could establish himself more.

But after his 69th-minute goal against Leeds United on Tuesday, coach Arteta insisted that Eddie Nketiah has a future at Arsenal.

Eddie Nketiah and coach Mikel Arteta.
Eddie Nketiah and coach Mikel Arteta.

Arteta’s oral assurance might not be enough to keep the youngster at the club beyond the January transfer window if the club is not able to extend his contract before then.

On June 30, 2022, Nketiah who is a product of Arsenal football academy and gained promotion to the club’s senior team on January 1, 2019, could leave the club for free if nothing is done about his contract status.

Since his promotion to the club’s senior team in 2019, Nketiah has scored 15 goals and provided 1 assist in 67 appearances in all competitions.

The fact that his goal on Tuesday helped Arsenal to qualify for the quarter-final stage of the Carabao Cup could be a turning point for Nketiah’s career at Arsenal.

Recall that so far this season, the 22-year-old striker has managed to make just two appearances in all competitions. His lack of game time at Arsenal has inspired Crystal Palace to start seeking his signature.

Mikel Arteta said: “I have full belief that he [Nketiah] is going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal.

“I’m happy to have him, he is our player, I regard him really highly and from my side I want him to stay…

“We had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn’t either way. That contract situation is more and more common in football where we are coming from with Covid and a lot of the issues that we have to resolve.

“I have no doubts what he can offer. Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and he demands himself more.

“I’m delighted to see his performance. He totally deserved it. He has other players who play in that position and he has a personal situation but I try to leave that aside.”

After the 2-0 win over Leeds United, Eddie Nketiah took to his Instagram page to share a picture showing when he was celebrating his goal. In the caption, the English football star wrote: “God’s plan will always prevail!”.

He also took to his Twitter page to flaunt his man of the match award after the EFL Cup game.