One Arsenal transfer unlikely to happen in January

Arsenal on loan striker Eddie Nketiah will not be returning to the Emirates in January.

There has been a lot of speculation over Eddie Nketiah’s loan to Leeds United with some reports claiming the youngster will return to Arsenal in January. However, the latest comments from Unai Emery have more or less put to bed any chance of the 20-year-old’s loan being cut short.

Nketiah has played just 207 minutes of Championship football with Leeds and is clear second choice behind Patrick Bamford. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa prefers a lone striker and this means opportunities for the Egland U21 star are limited.

The lack of playing time has led to calls for Nketiah to be returned to Arsenal early and possibly loaned out elsewhere. Emery has basically knocked that idea for six. When asked if he was concerned at lack of playing time for the young forward, he said

“Now is not the moment in October. He is now on loan in Leeds. First I respect his coach and his decision,”

“And I think he is going to play more, because he is going to deserve it.”

It is still early and I am sure Nketiah will get more playing time. But if he does not the questions will not go away. There is very little point loaning out players if they get little game time.

So, for now, Emery is content with the situation but let’s see how he feels in January if there is no improvement.

Updated: October 20, 2019 — 12:21 pm

9 Comments

  1. I liked Nketiah as a striker, but I’m not sure whether he can play in other position consistently or not

    1. What other position? He’s a striker isn’t he? What on earth are you waffling about?

      1. Emery used him as a winger sometimes, because the CF position was occupied

        Since Martinelli showed great potentials in the striker position as well, I think Nketiah has to be able to play in other positions to get more game time

  2. It’s okay. We have Aubameyang, Lacazette. Also Saka and Martinelli
    We should be fine

  3. The only thing I’m concerned with today is that United beat Liverpool.
    I know at least one person on here will agree with me 👩🏻‍🦰

  4. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Sorry OT.
    My In-Advanced Arsenal 4231 Match Formation Starting XI For Our Sheff Utd Match And The 7 Gunners Who I Have On The Bench For The Match Whom I Want To See Emery Have Starting The Match As Starters And Use As Substitutes Are Stated Below.

    Starts:
    Leno;
    Chambers Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac;
    Torreria Xhaka;
    Pepe Ceballos Saka;
    Aubameyang.

    Bench:
    Martinez AMN Mustafi Tierney Guendouzi Willock Lacazette.

    This is the most correct Arsenal lineup that will beat Sheff Utd hands down on Monday night. But I will not be that surprised if Emery drops Torreria to the bench to start his preferred to start Guandouzi.

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