Cascarino sends an important message to Arsenal over the future of soon-to-be free agent

Tony Cascarino has warned Arsenal that they cannot keep losing emerging talents like Eddie Nketiah if they want to be among the best clubs.

The striker will be a free agent at the end of this season and he has had talks with the club over a contract extension.

However, he seems to have chosen to leave the Emirates instead, and that means Arsenal is losing one of their finest academy graduates.

After being frozen out of the first team for so long, he has led their attack in the last few matches and has done well.

It is almost as if he is playing to earn a contract at another club, but former Chelsea and Celtic man, Cascarino, believes Arsenal should keep a player like him.

 “Should he be Arsenal’s starting centre forward? Probably not. But he is only 22 and is clearly getting better” he writes in The Times.

“If Arsenal want to join the clubs above them in the league, they need to give themselves options like those clubs do. What Arsenal don’t want to do is allow him to leave and then watch him make those improvements at another club.”

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Nketiah has never truly had a chance to make a career for himself at Arsenal.

The club has mostly relied on the more experienced players they always sign from other clubs.

However, he has proven he can contribute. It remains unclear if he can have a change of heart and stay at the Emirates next season.

Tags Eddie Nketiah Tony Cascarino


  1. I can see why Viera wants him at Palace.he would thrive there no doubts, he’d get great service from Zaha,Eze and the likes,hitting double figures easy.

    1. He can’t go there anymore they already have benteke,mateta and edouard who are more experienced and physical.

      1. I disagree, Eddie would be a free and Benteké is 31 years old and his contract runs out at the end of the 22/23 season.

  2. Whatever is said and done now, the ball is in court now, the coach has said it publicly that he wants him to stay and even acknowledged his mistakes. Let him sign the damn which is still there for him, AMN left in January for Roma and is coming back with lesser value than he left with, when you look at the team, you will see a core of exciting young and very talented cubs developing into Lion King’s. The soccer world is like a huge jungle and these cubs for sure will begin to rule very soon because they are an assemblage of genuine talent supported by experienced big Bros and guided by a very ambitious young coach with guile, ambition and foresight. Surely this is a team for the future and one which will surely go places.

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