How Eddie Nketiah convinced Mikel Arteta to block loan move and keep him at Arsenal

first_imgHow Eddie Nketiah convinced Mikel Arteta to block loan move and keep him at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement The forward will remain at the Emirates this month after being recalled from Leeds (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have made a last-minute U-turn over Eddie Nketiah’s future and the forward will now remain at the Emirates for the rest of the season after impressing Mikel Arteta.The 20-year-old’s loan at Leeds United was ended early at the start of the January window, with the club looking to get him more regular game time elsewhere after only starting twice in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa.There were a host of clubs in the running to take him on loan, notably Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, while even Aston Villa had been credited with interest. Nketiah has trained with the first team since returning from Leeds (Picture: Getty)But after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up a three-match suspension for a late tackle against Crystal Palace, and with Alexandre Lacazette failing to score in his last six matches, Arsenal’s stance on Nketiah has changed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Arteta had been keen to take a closer look at Nketiah in training before deciding his next step and has been so impressed he now wants to hang onto the youngster.Nketiah has impressed Arteta with his attitude and application in training since returning from Leeds and it has been decided that he will stay and compete for a place in the first team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIn addition to the Premier League, Arsenal are still competing in the FA Cup and Europa League, with plenty of opportunities to give Nketiah game time in both Cup competitions.Nketiah has made eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal previously, scoring once against Burnley, while he netted three times during his loan stay at Leeds.center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jan 2020 8:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Comment Arteta has been keeping a close eye on Nektiah and likes what he’s seen (Picture: Getty)Despite not starting very often, Nketiah made 17 appearances in the Championship – and two in the Carabao Cup, scoring in each – and Arteta felt the striker had benefitted from playing in such a competitive squad under a manager like Bielsa.Asked if Aubameyang’s ban could influence his decision on Nketiah, Arteta had said after the Palace game: ‘It didn’t before and at the moment I think we have to think medium to long term with Eddie. We have to respect his evolution, his development, and we don’t have to make decisions just based on two or three games.’MORE: Liverpool poach Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll despite Mikel Arteta interventionMORE: Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlistMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more