Opinion – Arteta would be wise to keep Nketiah at Arsenal

Eddie Nketiah should be kept at Arsenal by Lagos Gooner

I feel insulted as an Arsenal fan to hear that our loan deal with Leeds United has been called off because our talented youngster Eddie Nketiah was not getting enough playing time. If Eddie cannot be guaranteed playing time in a club like Leeds United (no disrespect meant), then he needs to be taken away from them, and I am glad the club did just that. But after returning him back to Arsenal, won’t it make sense to allow him remain at Arsenal till the end of the season and contribute his little quota in helping Arsenal end the season on a high?

We have enough attacking players at Arsenal right now but with lots of games yet to be played this season and with the way our players are picking up injuries easily, then it will be wise to keep one or two extra player, who can be called upon to do a job when the team needs them to. Gabriel Martinelli seems to be the youngster on fire right now, but even he was not expected to feature much for Arsenal this season. That he has started playing almost regularly for the first team, is as result of him grabbing his opportunities when they were presented to him, in the cup games. His course was also largely helped by Lacazette’s injury.

Eddie Nketiah, is a very talented player and he is also a goal scorer. He has pace, good positional skills and he has dribbling skills. With Lacazette not really finding his form right now, I think Eddied should be allowed to stay with the team and then be introduced gradually into the team, especially when we need a point man in the attack. Apart from Lacazette, Nketiah is the other target man we have.

When things are getting hot in a game and we need a different tactical approach, Nketiah can be brought on to do the job. Eddie is a player that needs all the encouragement he can get from the big players in Arsenal. Even if he were not to play regularly, it will do him a lot of good to remain at Arsenal and mix with players he aspires to be like. With Aubameyang and Lacazette being the top strikers in Arsenal right now, Eddie’s playing time may be grossly limited but then he can learn a lot from these great players and prepare himself to take over from them when the opportunity arises.

In the meantime, Eddie should be utilized in the cup games and from there, he can build his game and gradually start playing for the first team.

We are Arsenal and we are proud.

Sylvester Kwentua


  1. Nketiah is not as versatile as Matinelli, Nelson and Saka, hence he would likely not be able to start ahead of them. He needs game time, so he had better go to another club

    Regarding target man, none of our forwards is able to play the role well currently. A good target man should be able to hold the ball well and win the aerial duels frequently

    That’s why Arsenal have to get a tall striker to diversify our attacking methods, since we have got many agile forwards and there is a big possibility both Aubameyang/ Lacazette wouldn’t extend their contracts

  2. “I feel insulted as an Arsenal fan to hear that our loan deal with Leeds United has been called off because our talented youngster Eddie Nketiah was not getting enough playing time. If Eddie cannot be guaranteed playing time in a club like Leeds United (no disrespect meant), then he needs to be taken away from them, and I am glad the club did just that.”

    That first paragraph is a whole lot of crap fam believe me..
    Eddie is talented no doubt, but Eddie ain’t bigger than Leeds Utd. His lack of playing time was due to Bielsa’s tactics and style of play.
    Just like Giroud keeps Lacazette out of the French team.
    Bielsa said so a lot of times.
    So why should you feel insulted he wasn’t getting game time?
    He didn’t get enough time, it was a deal that involved two teams who had different plans, and that’s why he was recalled. There’s no reason to be pissed, or “Feel Insulted” because our youngster didn’t get to play regularly for them.

    Also, the best thing would be to send Eddie on loan.
    We have PEA,Laca, Martinelli, Saka & Nelson vying for playing time. A loan to an English team will do as long as he would be given a run of six to seven games at first. If he doesn’t take his chances there, the coach can bench him if he wants. we need something different from what we have.
    Eddie is a poacher, a fox in the box, Eddie ain’t a Target man so it’s best to let him go play.
    I’ll prefer him going to Villa or Norwich…
    Whatever decision is made, will be cool though

  3. It’s good that we called him back, in the past I think we would’ve just let Leeds do what they wanted because they were paying the wages. Remember Gnabry decision, we sent him to that guy in the first place. We haven’t always chosen the best loan situations but now it looks like they’re trying to take more care. Germany is an option, it’s a decent league with pace to it, it’s a good fit if you find the right player going to a good club. One of the lower teams in the prem might be looking at this one, Eddie has goals in him, but he will need to work harder off the ball because Arteta will demand it, he’d be wise to begin now.

  4. Eddie has a chance of at least the bench given Auba is now suspended. If he is good enough he will play, arsenal are showing faith in youth now especially this season. If he can’t get game time then it suggests he isn’t up to it at the club. Eddie has been around for a couple of seasons and has had chances to break into the team so this could be last chance saloon if he doesn’t go out on loan again.

  5. Loans hardly ever work
    Nketiah got loaned cause we bought 70m Pepe.
    How’s that working out?
    Right now Nketiah can’t be any worse than the 70m man.
    We probably never know why why he did not make it at Leeds.
    They could have used him to avoid a costly 0-2 defeat to Shef Wed yesterday.
    I bet Martinelli would be playing if he was at Leeds.
    When not required for the senior squad Nketiah can play U23.
    EL and FA cup games mean he has plenty of games coming up.

  6. The reason which I think Arsenal couldn’t beat Crystal Palace at Shelhurt Park yesterday in the PL was no other than Arsenal PL team is a one player dependent team for goals scoring in Aubameyang. Who when he does not score Arsenal seldom win in the PL but sometimes win with odd goals scored coming from Sokratis, Luiz and Lacazette. This is unlike Liverpool and Man City and even Chelsea who have many goal scorers in their PL teams who are scoring many goals regularly for them. I think if Arteta is to drag Arsenal out of the inconsistency in match winning in the PL that the club have found themselves but to start winning many PL matches on the trot not dropping valuable points when they should have collected them. Then, he should first and foremost start to coach the Gunners to learn to hold on to a lead when they’ve taken it but not allow the opposition to cancel out their lead with equalizing goal. And more importantly if it isn’t easily said than to have it done, coach at least 5 to 6 Gunners apart of Aubameyang to be scoring 2 to 3 goals regularly for Arsenal in PL matches. Or alternatively find 2 to 3 other players even if it is from the Championship division this January widow who can do this crucial job for the club. But not necessarily have to resort to spending big in the transfer market to sign players for colossal amount of money in transfer fee but only for such signed players to come to Arsenal and fail to make any useful impact in terms of regular goals scoring that will help Arsenal to be winning matches regularly in the PL.

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