Eddie Nketiah put an end to rumors about what would happen to him at Arsenal by signing a five-year deal with the club.
Nketiah came up through Arsenal’s youth program and made his debut in 2017. He has now signed a long-term contract, which shows that Mikel Arteta plans to back the striker next season.
If the striker became a free agent, it was said that Leeds United, West Ham, and Crystal Palace would all be willing to sign him.
The 23-year-old has had trouble getting regular playing time under Arteta, but he has still scored 23 goals in 92 games for Arsenal’s first team.
Arteta said, “I’m happy that Eddie is staying with us.” “He shows what we’re all about and what the club stands for.
“We are very happy that he has extended his contract, but now we have to get to work and continue to develop the great talent and person that we have in him.”
The new contract comes after Arsenal let Alexandre Lacazette leave for Lyon. Lacazette follows Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the Emirates, where he left for Barcelona less than six months ago.
It means that Nketiah is one of only two recognized strikers on Arsenal’s first team, with Folarin Balogun coming up from the U23s.
Next season, the Londoner will also wear the famous No. 14 shirt that Thierry Henry made famous.
Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, talked about the deal. He said, “The core of this team is a young talent, especially those who have come through our Academy system.”
Eddie was cut from another team when he was young, but he has always shown that he has the right attitude and skills to become a top player.
“The fact that he signed a new deal is a big part of our team’s plans for next season, and we’re all very happy about it.”