Eddie Nketiah says he’ll sit down with Unai Emery and his family when Arsenal return from the US to discuss whether he should undertake a loan move or spend the year at the Emirates.
The England under-21 international was promoted to the Gunners first team just before the squad jetted off to America and he’s since caught the eye with three goals in the friendlies against Bayern Munich and Fiorentina.
The boss has spoken warmly about the striker’s progress and said he’d like him to focus on pushing Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but it sounds as though the 20-year-old is still tempted by a season of regular football elsewhere.
It’s believed that Charlton Athletic, newly promoted to the Championship, have made enquiries and it’s expected that other clubs at home and abroad will do the same.
Speaking about his future, Nketiah told the Mirror: “There was talk of [going out on loan] and it was close to happening in January but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible.
“We’ll see what happens in the future but I’m just enjoying the tour and in the future decisions will be made.
“All I can do is do what I’m doing at the moment, work hard in training, work hard on the pitch, and scoring at the moment. I need to keep pushing, keep working and as for the season I want to be playing regularly.
“After the pre-season tour, it’s something that I’ll look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what’s best for me.
“I feel like I have a great relationship with the fans. It’s nice that they notice that and sing my name. That’s a dream come true. Even out here the fans are screaming my name.
“They travel all around the world to see us play and support us. I always try to give them something back and I’m so grateful that they have taken to me like that as one of the boys from the academy and I hope it can continue.”