In the wake of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card against Crystal Palace, it was suggested that Arsenal might want to hold onto Eddie Nketiah rather than send the young striker out on loan again.
Having been recalled from his spell at Leeds, there are a number of clubs interested in taking him for the rest of the season – including a couple of Premier League outfits.
However, the short-term issue the captain’s absence causes isn’t likely to change the club’s plans, as they look to develop the 20 year old for the future.
Speaking about the chance of Nketiah staying, manager Mikel Arteta said, “I think we have to think long term with Eddie.
“We have to respect his evolution, his development and we don’t have to make decisions just based on two or three games.”
Arsenal have yet to make a decision about where Nketiah will go next, although Bristol City – who were keen to take him during the summer – are favourites.
Aston Villa’s need for a striker following a season-ending injury to Wesley means they might step up in their interest, but for the Gunners it’s about ensuring Nketiah has the best chance of playing time.
It’s expected that his move will be finalised early this week.