Arsenal have confirmed that Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract believed to run until 2027.
The striker looked to have one foot out of the door a couple of months ago but a run of eight consecutive starts in the Premier League, coupled with an improved contract offer, has persuaded the striker that Mikel Arteta is serious about giving him the opportunities he feels he deserves. Alongside his new deal, Nketiah has also taken the number 14 shirt.
Nketiah ended the 21/22 campaign with 10 goals to his name across a total of 28 appearances. While he had clearly hoped for more minutes (his total of 1,284 amounts to just over 14 full games), the attacker has always had the backing of his manager.
Time after time last season, Arteta praised Nketiah’s attitude in training and spoke publicly of his desire to see the academy graduate stay at Emirates Stadium.
“He’s our player, he’s someone that we raised, who has the Arsenal DNA in his blood,” he said ahead of the January transfer window when several clubs were circling.
“He loves the club so much and his reason is that he wants to play more football. That’s the genuine reason. It’s nothing to do with anything else, he wants more minutes and he thinks he’s capable to contribute much more. And that’s why I like him.”
While Arsenal would have been eligible for a tribunal-decided fee had he joined another English club as a free agent, losing him for far less than his market value would have been embarrassing for the club.
Thankfully, it hasn’t come to that and Arteta is clearly pleased.
“I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us,” he said. “He represents what we are all about and all the values of the club. We are very happy that he has extended his contract and now we have to get to work and continue to develop the great talent and person that we have in him.”
Technical director Edu added: “The foundations of this squad are built on young talent and in particular those who have come through our Academy system. Eddie was released by another club as a young man but has always shown he has the attitude as well as the ability to become a top player. The fact he’s signed a new contract is an important part of our squad planning for next season and we’re all delighted.”
Congratulations to Eddie on his new deal. It’ll be interesting to see who he has for competition in attack.
The Gunners retain an interest in Gabriel Jesus but there is competition for the Brazilian’s signature from various clubs.