Former Gunner reckons Arsenal man needs to go out on loan

Eddie Nketiah has been an important member of the Arsenal first team since he returned from his ill-fated loan spell at Leeds United in January.

The Englishman has been used alternatively with Alexandre Lacazette this season, and he started the season in fine form.

But the Gunners have been struggling for form recently and Mikel Arteta has trusted Lacazette in more games than he has trusted Nketiah.

Nketiah cannot get a sustained run in the team at the Emirates right now, and the return of Gabriel Martinelli from injury might reduce his chances of playing even further.

Kevin Campbell thinks that the striker needs to have a full season of consistent action under his belt.

He says that Nketiah is in a stage of his development where he simply has to play often to learn new things.

Next month offers the Gunners the chance to make that decision, and Campbell thinks sending him away to a team where he will play regularly will benefit him.

“Nketiah grabbed a great assist against Southampton and Mikel Arteta is just trying to find the right balance,” he told Football Insider.

“It really is difficult. I think Nketiah needs a season under his belt playing regular football.

“It is one thing coming in now and again at Arsenal but you never become seasoned that way. When you play week in, week out you learn so much more.

“He did not really start during his loan spell at Leeds. Nketiah should be going out on loan to learn his trade, he really should.

“He is not going to start for Arsenal very often so what does he do? Is he happy just sitting on the bench?

“Once he learns his trade has will be a different player because he knows where the goal is.”

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  1. Or just put everyone out of their misery and sell him. He is never going to be good enough and will soon be behind both Balogun and John-Jules.

    1. Nketiah is holding back Balogun who has shown more quite frankly. Nketiah runs around a lot, but has an awful touch and doesn’t do much to lead the line.

  2. He’s 21, plays the number 9 position consistently for someone his age, in a team in a tough league.

    Usually a case like this sees the player go from loan to loan where the best he’ll become is a Benteke.

    He’s probably unlucky because of the very negative, non-developmental, 18 at the back tactics that his young manager employs;

    But I don’t see many better opportunities that’ll mature him as a striker since times like these are supposed to grow his hunger even more.

    I think therefore Nketiah is the kind of striker that fruits at the age of 31.

  3. Loan him to a league one team and see if the chap will even play 5 games. Just surprising that he plays for Arsenal.

  4. Exactly Blago, on loan to a lower division team would only see Eddie Nketien disappear as one of the crowd where he will most likely get lost because he does not have any outstanding attributes. Is he a goal poacher?, Possesses a lethal shot? Turn of speed?Gives his markers headaches? Unfortunately these skills have yet to be seen.

    1. why should Balogun goes on loan to a lower division?

      if hes good enough he can play first tier football in other leagues

      you dont see messi, fabregas, Henry, Viera, Mbappe going on loan to lower division

      Even Gnarby goes to top tier on loan

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