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Arsenal confirm Eddie Nketiah contract and announce new shirt number


 

Arsenal have confirmed the poorly kept secret that Eddie Nketiah will remain at the club, having penned a 'long-term contract' at the Emirates.

Nketiah seemed certain to leave the club, but a run of starts towards the end of the season, in which he found the net five times, changed the stance of the 23-year-old, who instead saw a future for himself leading the Arsenal frontline.

The contract will take him beyond a decade at the club, having joined in 2015 from the Chelsea academy, and will likely see him handed added game-time next season, with Arsenal competing on multiple fronts.

Mikel Arteta told the club's official website that “I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we are all about and all the values of the club. We are very happy that he has extended his contract and now we have to get to work and continue to develop the great talent and person that we have in him.”

Meanwhile, Technical Director Edu Gaspar added: “The foundations of this squad are built on young talent and in particular those who have come through our Academy system. Eddie was released by another club as a young man but has always shown he has the attitude as well as the ability to become a top player".

"The fact he’s signed a new contract is an important part of our squad planning for next season and we’re all delighted”.

The club also announced that Nketiah will wear the no.14 shirt moving forward, most recently vacated by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and immortalised by Thierry Henry. It is a massive statement from a club that also handed other Hale End graduates the no.10 and no.7 shirts.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal are closing in on a deal with Manchester City over Gabriel Jesus, with reports suggesting that they have had an initial offer turned down, but that a renewed offer of around £45m would be enough to secure the 25-year-old.

Should they get that deal over the line, the Gunners are also keen on adding Youri Tielemans, Raphinha, and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez to their ranks, while an announcement on the signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto is imminent.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.



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