Unai Emery has confirmed that Eddie Nketiah will stay with Arsenal this summer rather than going on loan, promising the player that he will get first team minutes.
Bristol City want him on loan but Charlton’s Lee Bowyer admitted he thought the 20-year-old would end up staying at Arsenal. Charlton would also like to take him for a season.
Netting another two goals and grabbing another Man of the Match award on Saturday night, Nketiah certainly made his case for a role at Arsenal much stronger.
Speaking after the game, Unai Emery admitted that the player would be staying with Arsenal for the new season.
“I’m really happy [with Eddie],” Emery said.
“Last season in small moments when we could give him chances to be on the pitch, he did very well. I can confirm his progress and we want this progress with every player.
“Each player has the opportunity to show this capacity and above all first is a very good attitude. After this is that the young players need experience and they need to take minutes and to have confidence playing with us.
“The young energy is very important, especially Eddie Nketiah, he is playing and progressing very well.
“Last year in December we were thinking of loaning him to Germany. We decided he would stay with us to train and progress with us. We started this pre-season with the same idea as we finished last year – stay with us.
“And my idea is that if you progress like we are seeing from you, you can have a chance here for us.
“I spoke with him and with the club. He has started with a doubt if it is better for him to stay here with us or leave to play more minutes with another team. But we have examples last year of some players who wanted to go away and didn’t play all we wanted. I said to him to first be focused here.
“If you earn the right to be with us it’s because I can promise you that you are going to have minutes. But in those minutes you need to learn. And in the pre-season at the moment he’s playing like we want. The young players who are here, this is the moment for them to show how we can use them to help us in the season.
“Last year Aubameyang also played sometimes as a winger. Last year we had Auba, Lacazette and Danny Welbeck. They had space to play. We didn’t sign another striker at the moment because we want to give the chances to Nketiah. But every young player, if they deserve to be here we are going to help them.”
Last season Nketiah scored one goal in his five Premier League appearances while netting nine in 10 in Premier League 2.
He made a total of nine appearances for the seniors last time out and will be sure to get more than that next season.