Eddie Nketiah has signed a new Arsenal contract, set to keep him at the Emirates until the summer of 2027, the club have officially confirmed. The 23-year-old reportedly turned down advances from other Premier League clubs, as well as some in the Bundesliga, to continue in North London.
Nketiah will henceforth be wearing the shirt No. 14, vacated six months ago by Aubameyang, after previously donning 30.
Arsenal published their list of released and retained players for the summer, on which Nketiah was listed as a departure but with an additional remark that the talks about a new contract were ongoing. It’s now obvious that the negotiations have been concluded successfully.
The Gunners were in serious danger of losing practically their entire striker department within six months, aside from 20-year-old Folarin Balogun. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Barcelona in January, followed by Alexandre Lacazette leaving as a free agent at the end of the season to rejoin Olympique Lyon. The club are reportedly in advanced talks with Manchester City over Gabriel Jesus, but with that move still up in the air, things didn’t look good until reports of Nketiah’s potential U-turn broke.
Arsenal’s stock when it comes to centre-forwards is set to look quite decent if Jesus signs after Nketiah’s renewal. It wouldn’t be surprising for Balogun to stay put this time either.
“I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us,” manager Mikel Arteta 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.”