Eddie Nketiah is likely to make the squad to face Sheffield United on Saturday, after Arsenal’s decision to hold onto him this month.
Mikel Arteta reportedly decided to keep Eddie Nketiah for the remainder of the season after getting a good look at him in training.
Nottingham Forest, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa all looked at the striker. Bristol even got so close that Arsenal made up a graphic to confirm the move. In the end, Arteta’s decision was to keep Nketiah around though.
According to the Evening Standard, Nketiah is now likely to make the bench against Sheffield United. He’ll go straight into the squad, partly as a result of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension.
Arteta made it clear Arsenal wouldn’t keep Nketiah just to fill Aubameyang’s spot for three games. However, now they’re sure they’re going to keep him, it makes sense to include him.
Once Nketiah features for Arsenal, he can’t go on loan anymore, even if the transfer window is still open. You can only play competitive matches for two clubs in one season. As a result, the club have to be sure about their decision first.
Nketiah scored five goals in 663 minutes for Leeds. He also won a penalty, and he saw Patrick Bamford score a rebound from one of his shots in a later game against Fulham. Plus, he scored six goals in four England u21 games whilst away on loan.
He didn’t get in the Leeds starting lineup nearly enough (just twice in the Championship), but he had a good impact from the bench.