Eddie Nketiah says he wants to stay at Arsenal and fight for a first team place rather than head out on loan next season.
When a January loan move to German side Augsburg was vetoed by Unai Emery it looked like the striker might get more game time given he had only Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in the pecking order.
While he did grab a first Premier League goal on the final day of the campaign, it was still disappointing that he ended the year with just three first team starts.
Despite Charlton reportedly showing an interest in signing the England under-21 international, Nketiah says he has unfinished business at the Emirates.
“My ideal scenario is to be playing here, I want to play here next season but we have got to see how that goes,” he told PA.
“I am confident enough in my ability that I am good enough to play here so I have just got to work hard and show the manager that I can.
“My aim is to play for Arsenal, that is my goal and has been my aim since I was a kid.
“It is great to have two of the best strikers in the world around you and learn from them every day. I’m just progressing, trying to catch them and make the gap smaller and smaller.”
Nketiah is one of a number of Academy graduates who are knocking on Unai Emery’s door. With Freddie Ljungberg set to facilitate the transition of youngsters to the first team, he’s backing other kids to turn the hear up on the established stars.
“I think it is really important, over the years it is what Arsenal have prided themselves on, having great youngsters coming through the academy,” he added.
“I think the bunch we have right now, me, Joe Willock, Reiss and the other boys, we are good players for our age and we just have to keep pushing and why not?
“I think the fans would love to see a lot of the young boys in the team week in, week out so come the start of the season, we will all be pushing to get in the team regularly.”