Eddie Nketiah leaving Arsenal was a foregone conclusion for most of the calendar year, but not in recent weeks.
The 22-year-old came out of nowhere to suddenly find himself a major player for Arsenal.
Alexandre Lacazette had benched him virtually every week following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit in January, but Hale End academy graduate Nketiah had a rare opportunity during the visit to Chelsea in April and refunded Mikel Arteta by scoring twice.
And at home to Leeds United last weekend, the England Under-21 international netted another brilliant brace to put the Gunners on the brink of Champions League qualification at that point.
Everyone knows the player himself is out of contract this summer and Mikel Arteta has repeatedly stated his optimism that Nketiah will put pen to paper on a new deal.
But with Newcastle United and West Ham United linked, Glenn Hoddle, speaking ahead of Thursday’s 3-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur which saw the north Londoners fall a point behind their local rivals in fourth, revealed that he thought the player wanted to leave. the Emirates Stadium.
He told Premier League Productions, ahead of the North London derby: “I think he probably wants to leave Arsenal, but if he has a chance he’ll stay. They’re going to get on their knees to sign him on a contract. .
Is Eddie Nketiah leaving Arsenal?
Unfortunately for the Gunners and Arteta, probably.
The Spanish manager is clearly a huge fan of the young marksman, whom he has described as ‘extraordinary’ in 2020.
The problem is that if Arteta really believed in him, he would have played him much more regularly before his exploits at Stamford Bridge last month.
The truth is that Nketiah probably doesn’t feel highly valued by the Emirates Stadium club and his departure remains very likely.
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