Report: Striker could leave Arsenal, ‘contract stand-off’, manager ‘pleaded’ for him to stay

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Eddie Nketiah has an uncertain future at Arsenal as his contract is up in the summer and he’s not close to putting pen to paper on an extension.

The 22-year-old hasn’t commanded a starting place under Mikel Arteta this season which is why he won’t commit his long-term future to the Gunners. Dominic King of the Daily Mail says Arsenal are trying their hardest to tie him down to a new deal, however.

Nketiah is currently embroiled in a ‘contract stand-off’ with the Gunners and has already had Arteta ‘plead’ with him to stay, but it remains to be seen if he will.

West Ham United are looking to capitalise on the situation by bringing the England U21 international to the London Stadium, but they could have competition as Nketiah has a lot of admirers.

The 22-year-old scored 15 goals with three assists from 16 games with Arsenal’s U18s, scored three goals with one assist from four games with the U19s, scored 28 goals with seven assists from 40 games with the U23s and has scored 22 goals with two assists from 89 games with the first-team.

Nketiah, who joined the Gunners from Chelsea in 2015, had a loan spell at Leeds United (August 2019 – January 2020) before he was a regular first-team player and scored five goals with one assist in 19 games across the board.

This season, Nketiah has made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals with one assist. He’s amassed less than 600 minutes of Premier League football but has contributed massively of late with braces in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Chelsea and 2-1 win over Leeds United.

The 22-year-old spent the first half of the season on the sidelines but has played in every one of Arsenal’s league games since the New Year. He just doesn’t start many of the matches which is why he’s biding his time before making a decision on his contract.