If there’s one Arsenal player who was almost guaranteed to leave the club this summer, it’s Eddie Nketiah, but the Englishman has now suffered an injury that could cost him a move away from the Emirates.
The 21-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract and has rejected an extension. Arsenal have to sell him this summer to avoid losing him for free next year, and Edu has been trying.
Rumours revealed recently that the Arsenal technical director has tabled a player plus cash offer to sign Leicester star James Maddison. (Football London) There’s no confirmation about Nketiah being included in the deal, but he’s definitely someone the Gunners are looking to offload.
Sadly, Edu’s hopes of making some money off the Englishman have now been crushed.
Eddie Nketiah out for a month due to injury
Arsenal revealed yesterday that Nketiah picked up an ankle injury against Chelsea last weekend. The medical report claimed that he has sustained bruising on his right ankle, and he’s expected to be out for four weeks as a result.
That is a massive blow for both Nketiah and Arsenal.
The Englishman has Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli ahead of him in the pecking order. With Arsenal failing to qualify for any of the European competitions, he’ll get next to no game time next season.
The transfer window shuts in about three weeks time and Nketiah will still be injured then. It’s highly unlikely that Arsenal can find a buyer for him when he’s not fit, and that will cost us a lot of money this summer.
What should Arsenal do now?
In an ideal world, Arsenal could’ve demanded about £20 million for Nketiah. That would’ve helped us in our pursuit of players like Maddison and Lautaro Martinez, but those hopes are now dead.
It is very likely that Nketiah, labelled as ‘extraordinary‘ by Arteta, will stay at Arsenal this summer. He will run down his contract and either leave for peanuts in January, or for free this time next year as he’ll be able to command a big salary.
The one hope Arsenal have is Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal boss has shown with Bukayo Saka, Martinelli, Aubameyang and most recently Emile Smith Rowe that his ability to convince players to extend their contracts is incredible.
It’s highly unlikely that he’ll be able to do the same with Nketiah, but it really is worth a try.