Unai Emery has shut down rumours that youngster Eddie Nketiah could depart the club on a temporary basis over the coming weeks.
Nketiah’s career to date
Nketiah, a 20-year-old striker, has been on Arsenal’s books since 2015, when he made the move across London from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
After spending two seasons in the club’s youth setup, Nketiah’s goalscoring exploits saw him first handed a chance to impress as part of the Gunners’ first-team panel in 2017.
The 4-time capped English U21-international, though, has since largely struggled to carve out any meaningful game-time.
Last season saw Nketiah manage 5 Premier League appearances as part of Unai Emery’s senior squad. All of these, though, came from the bench.
As such, with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of Nketiah in the centre-forward pecking order at the Emirates, the path to regular first-team minutes will likely prove a difficult one to navigate for the 20-year-old once again this coming season.
As a result, reports of late had suggested that the competition for places in north London looked set to see Nketiah sent out on loan:
📃 | Bristol City are prepared to pay a loan fee and Eddie Nketiah’s full wages in a bid to get ahead of the pack. The Robins are keen to bring in the striker to supplement their current strikeforce. [Bristol Post]
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Unai Emery, though, has since moved to shut down such speculation.
Nketiah has thoroughly impressed as part of Arsenal’s first-team setup to this point in pre-season.
After netting the winner in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Bayern Munich during the week, the youngster went on to notch a further brace en route to a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina last night.
And his stellar form in front of goal has seemingly done enough to convince Unai Emery of Nketiah’s credentials as a potential difference-maker for his side next season:
‘Last year in small moments when we could give him chances to be on the pitch he did very well. His progress can confirm, we want progress with every player.’
‘He has a very good attitude and they need experience, minutes and confidence. The young energy is very important.’
‘Nketiah was playing very well. Last year, in December we were thinking of loaning or not loaning the player to Germany and we decided he should stay with us to train and progress with us.’
‘We started this preseason with the same idea as we finished last year. He’ll stay with us and my idea is that if you progress like we are seeing from you, you can have a chance with us.’
Quotes via Goal