Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Eddie Nketiah may stay at the club after his recent good form in the Premier League for Arsenal.
The young striker’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and he reportedly rejected a deal offered to him by the club in December due to his lack of game time.
With Nketiah starting the last three games for Arsenal, O’Rourke suggested to GiveMeSport that the striker’s expected exit may not be as inevitable as it seems.
He said: “Nketiah has come into the team in recent weeks when it looked almost certain that he would leave on a free transfer as well. So, let’s see if anything changes with his situation, because he’s been key for Arsenal in the last couple of games with a few goals.”
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Nketiah was seriously out of favour for Arsenal and it looked certain that he would leave the club in the summer, but his fortunes have recently changed after starting against Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester United – playing a big role in the wins against the latter two.
The 22-year-old scored a brace against the Blues as the Gunners won 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, which earned him a start in the following fixture against United with Alexandre Lacazette having only recently recovered from illness.
Lacazette’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, so Mikel Arteta may opt to bring in a new striker rather than offering him a new deal. However, with the recent form of Nketiah, the Spanish manager may decide to give Nketiah a proper run of games to see if he can be the main man to lead the line for the Gunners.