Eddie Nketiah has left Arsenal on loan and will spend the season with Leeds United in the Championship.
Speaking back in July, Unai Emery said of the 20-year-old, “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.”
Despite that, the club have signed Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe meaning Eddie’s chances of featuring with any sort of regularity were impacted. Now, he doesn’t have to worry and we get to watch him (hopefully) play regularly in the Championship.
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Just this week, Eddie spoke of his long-term career goal – to make it at Arsenal – and there is no reason why he can’t arrive next summer having been one of the leading goalscorers in the Championship.
He does, after all, score goals wherever he plays.
What’s more, he’s ready to make a real impact at senior level.
“I feel like I have been improving until being at a stage now when I am ready to play regularly,” Nketiah told reporters towards the end of July. “I am trying to show in pre-season that I have developed and I am ready to show what I can do.
“There was talk of [a loan move in January] and it was close to happening but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible.
“After the tour, it’s something that I will look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what is best for me.”
Good luck, Eddie!