Among other of today’s football transfer news, Eddie Nketiah rejected Arsenal’s latest offer for a contract renewal.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has publicly said he wants Nketiah to stay. But his actions say otherwise – the England U21 record goalscorer has yet to feature in the Premier League this season.
Nketiah, who came through the club’s academy, joined Leeds on loan for the first half of the 2019-20 season.
He then impressively broke into the first team as he returned to the Emirates for that season’s second half.
Later, last season, he kept getting more opportunities, scoring six goals in 29 appearances in the 2020-21 campaign. This included two strikes in 17 Premier League games.
Nketiah has also impressed on the international stage. In fact, his 16 goals in 17 appearances have already made him England’s record scorer at U21 level.
Football Transfer News – Eddie Nketiah Rejected Arsenal’s Latest Offer
Arsenal’s hopes of retaining Eddie Nketiah have suffered another blow as the striker turned down the club’s latest contract offer.
The 22-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season, this 2021-22 campaign. This means that he will be free to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club from January onward.
But we have come to understand, Nketiah’s decision to reject a contract deal with Arsenal is not motivated by finances.
To the contrary, he has denied commitment to the Gunners over a lack of a first-team opportunities.
And despite his accomplishments that we mentioned earlier in this article, he has been unable to secure much playing time.
Nketiah cannot dislodge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this season though he scored in both of his Carabao Cup appearances.
The player scored a sensational back-heeled flick to seal Arsenal’s 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup third round.
It may just be that Arteta may be reluctant to alter what is proving to be a successful formula. After all, in the Premier League, Arsenal have lost just once in their last 10 games. They have climbed to fifth place in the table ahead of Thursday’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
However, the Gunners now face a hectic festive domestic fixture schedule, including December 21’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Sunderland.
So, eventually, this final 2021 month could see Nketiah getting more opportunities just as he deserves.