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Arsenal Striker Open To Signing New Contract But On One Condition: What Should Be Arteta’s Play?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato revealed that Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is open to signing a new contract but on one condition. It is understood that the Gunners centre-forward wants to seek assurances over more playing time in the future if the North London club are to tie him down to a fresh deal.

Nketiah’s Eye-Catching Form In League Cup Football This Season

The London-born talent has assumed a sporadic role at Arsenal but deserves credit for his impressive displays in domestic football during this campaign. The 22-year-old has registered two goals in two appearances for the Gunners this season in the League Cup.

Nketiah has caught the eye by averaging 4.0 shots, 0.5 crosses and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Cup. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing it in the final third based on his pass completion rate of 80.8% in that competition (stats via whoscored).

The English forward’s current deal with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of this campaign, so Mikel Arteta will be in a race against time to get him tied down to a new contract.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal reacts after a missed opportunity during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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What Should Be Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta’s Play With Regards To Nketiah’s Future?

Nketiah can use his quickness and agility to make some driving runs with the ball in the attacking end of the pitch. He can often outjump the opposition defenders to win some crucial headers for his side. Plus, the English marksman can create some decent openings for himself to get a few shots in on-target.

The Arsenal outcast enjoys playing as a central striker but can also operate as a winger on either flank if needed. Hence, Mikel Arteta would be wise to offer him a new contract and use him as a rotational player in the coming seasons.

Nketiah would serve as an ideal replacement for Alexandre Lacazette who has got just over six months remaining in his contract at the Emirates Stadium. Therefore, the Gunners head coach should strongly consider trying everything in his power to convince the English attacker to commit his future to the North London outfit in the not-too-distant future.

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