Arsenal have this evening confirmed the loan departure of Eddie Nketiah to Championship outfit Leeds United.
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, and Nicolas Pepe having also signed, the path to regular first-team minutes would likely have proven 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]
Would you let Nketiah go out on loan this season? pic.twitter.com/3maHbIFQN0
— GoonerView (@GoonerView) July 21, 2019
And, on the back of mounting speculation over the course of the last week, suggesting that a number of clubs were fighting it out for the young hitman, Nketiah’s Emirates departure has this evening been made official.
In a statement across the club’s social media channels a short time ago, Leeds United confirmed that they have won the race for the 20-year-old, with Nketiah having made the move to Elland Road on loan for the 2019/20 campaign:
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of @EddieNketiah9 on a season-long loan
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 8, 2019
Arsenal, meanwhile, have since also announced the news:
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 8, 2019