Mikel Arteta says he’ll have a chat with Eddie Nketiah and the club’s loan department before making a decision on what’s next for the young striker.
The 20 year old was recalled from his loan spell with Leeds United earlier this week. It began pretty positively, but he wasn’t able to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up with any frequency, and scored his last goal on October 22nd.
With plenty of football still left for Arsenal this season, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he stays with us, but there are clubs interested in taking him for the rest of the campaign – potentially even some Premier League suitors.
However, Arteta wants to find out what Nketiah is thinking before any final decision is made.
“We have to sit down with the loan department and we’ll do that this afternoon, to discuss the best possible way for him to keep developing,” said the manager yesterday.
“I think the environment that he’s been living in has improved him as a player, 100 per cent.
“He played some minutes, not as much as we wanted, but he’s a kid with incredible potential and we have to make a decision for the club, not for the next four months but for his career.
“What’s the best thing to do? We have to sit down with him, hear from him – that’s very important because we need to know what he needs as well – and make the right decision for the next five months.
“I think the first idea was that he was going to be on loan for the rest of the season, but we have to assess the situation again now.”
Perhaps with the demanding physical style Arteta is implementing at the club, an extra body in the squad might be useful, but we’ll wait and see what they decide.