Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has declared that Eddie Nketiah won’t be allowed to leave the Emirates this summer after scoring a brace in the Gunners’ 4-2 win over Chelsea last night.
The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and there has been no indication that he will sign an extension to keep him at the London club. However, Keown believes that, after his performance last night, Arsenal cannot afford to let the forward go:
“There’s no way that he’s leaving, surely, after that kind of performance. He’s been extremely patient, he went out on loan to Leeds. It was interesting when [Marcelo] Bielsa was talking about how much he didn’t want him to go, we kind of took a bit of notice of that because he has a big reputation.”
“He’s come back, the manager explained he’s not been fair, and that’s very honest. Look at his performance tonight when he got his chance, boy did he take it. And in a very big arena here… He would’ve dreamt of doing this.”
If Nketiah does play regularly between now and the end of the season, there is certainly a possibility that he would reconsider his stance on leaving the club.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has expressed his desire to keep the striker on multiple occasions but the player is keen on getting first-team football. Teams such as West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Newcastle have all been linked with signing him on a free transfer, but it will be interesting to see whether he does have a change of heart.