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The latest on Eddie Nketiah’s future following Arsenal return


The reliable David Ornstein has this evening provided an update on the future of Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah, on the back of his return to the Emirates.

Nketiah’s career to date

Nketiah, a 20-year-old striker, has been on Arsenal’s books since 2015, when he made the move across London from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

After spending two seasons in the club’s youth setup, Nketiah’s goalscoring exploits saw him first handed a chance to impress as part of the Gunners’ first-team panel in 2017.

The 8-time capped English U21-international, though, subsequently struggled to carve out any meaningful game-time.

Last season saw Nketiah manage 5 Premier League appearances as part of Unai Emery’s senior squad. All of these, however, came from the bench.

Leeds switch

As such, with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette firmly ahead of Nketiah in the centre-forward pecking order at the Emirates, the path to regular first-team minutes would likely have proven a difficult one to navigate for the 20-year-old once again this season.

As a result, back in August, it was confirmed that Nketiah had made the move to the Championship, with Leeds United, for the 2019/20 campaign:

And the former Chelsea man subsequently went on to enjoy an impressive start to life at Elland Road:

Arsenal return

The months that followed, though, did not exactly prove fruitful for Nketiah in terms of playing time.

While the Arsenal youngster did manage appearances in 17 of Leeds’ 26 Championship outings to this point in the campaign, just two of these came in the form of starts.

As such, speculation inevitably began to mount late last month that Arsenal had grown tired of Nketiah’s lack of minutes on the pitch.

It therefore came as little surprise when the Gunners’ decision to recall their on-loan hitman was made official upon the opening of the winter transfer window last week:

2nd Championship stint incoming

And, as outlined above, an update on Arsenal’s plans for Nketiah has emerged online this evening.

The north Londoners are expected to sanction another loan spell for the youngster imminently, with Nketiah set for a return to the Championship.

As things stand, Bristol City, Nottingham Forest & Sheffield Wednesday are all battling it out to secure the Englishman’s services.

The final decision, though, appears to lie with Nketiah himself, with an announcement expected to be forthcoming tomorrow:

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