Eddie Nketiah spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Leeds United, but Arsenal were obviously unhappy with the way things were going with the young forward over there, as Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted himself. He made a total of 17 Championship appearances but only two of those were from the start, coupled with another two starts in the Carabao Cup where he scored on both occasions. In total, he bagged five goals in four starts, but Bielsa obviously wasn’t going to give him what a player at his age needs to develop – regular game-time, which was supposed to be the whole point of the loan.
The international break, as we’ve said before, can serve a purpose when it comes to improving the confidence of any given player and giving them some much needed momentum. It doesn’t happen every single time and that can be seen as a bit of a problem, because on the opposite end of the spectrum, fans are left to worry about an influx of injuries.
One man who saw the potential for injuries and instead decided to have one of the best nights of his career is Eddie Nketiah. The Arsenal youngster is currently on loan with Leeds United, and while he’s had a few bright moments with the club, he still isn’t considered to be the first name on the team sheet.
It’s always interesting to see what happens when notable Arsenal stars are sent out on loan – mainly because, more often than not, they’re eventually going to be returning. They don’t always find the success that they were looking for, but for Arsenal themselves, they can accumulate a pretty good idea of what the player in question is capable of.
Go on, Eddie
Towards the end of the summer transfer window it was starting to look like Eddie Nketiah would be leaving the club, and that’s exactly what happened. The 20 year old, who had a strong pre-season with Arsenal, signed on the dotted line with Championship title contenders Leeds United. He’ll be at Elland Road on loan, before eventually making his way back to the Emirates (unless Leeds attempt to sign him on a permanent deal).
It’s pretty common to see youngsters breaking out into the upper echelons during any given pre-season with any given team, mainly because that’s just the way pre-season (and football in general) kind of works. It’s always important to bring through the crop of new stars from the next generation, because your current stars aren’t going to last forever. Therefore, as you can imagine, Arsenal aren’t immune from that – and we’re pretty happy that’s the case.
In yesterday’s article, I talked about Unai Emery getting the balance right in his selection choices for Europa League games. On Thursday night, the Spaniard got his team selection spot on, as the Gunners recorded a comfortable 3-0 win against Vorskla in Kiev.
The game was a good showcase for some of Arsenal’s youngsters to impress, as Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock both got on the scoresheet for the Gunners in a comfortable victory.
According to Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi, the Gunners may need to dip into the transfer market in January to replace the injured Danny Welbeck. The England international suffered a broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon and has had two operations to fix the problem.
Not ruling signing a replacement for Welbeck
While boss Unai Emery has stated that it will give a chance to others players, including youngster Eddie Nketiah, the clubs head of football did not rule outing signing a replacement. Talking about the injury, Sanllehi told Sky Sports: “That is absolutely something unplanned,”
Danny Welbeck left the pitch with a broken ankle after 30 minutes of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday. Quite apart from Welbeck’s own woes, his huge misfortune effectively left manager Unai Emery without a senior backup option for forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who have both become vital ingredients in his starting line-up.
Emery now needs to figure out a way to solve the problem. Neither Lacazette nor Aubameyang can be expected to play 90 minutes of every game for the rest of the season. So what are the options, and which one will the manager go for in Welbeck’s absence?
Arsenal’s under-21 team opened their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a 3-0 win over Coventry on Wednesday night. The game was significant as the likes of Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe and Eddie Nketiah scored the goals for the Gunners.
The trio have all been in and around the Gunners senior squad in the last 12 months. In fact, Nketiah burst onto the Arsenal first team last season. The youngster is once again part of the first team squad for this season.
According to Goal, Arsenal’s young striker Chuba Akpom is set to make a £2million move to Greek club PAOK. According to the report, a number of clubs were chasing the striker’s signature. However, it seems the Greek club are not set to nab the 22-year-old in the next few days.
Never really fulfilled his promise at Arsenal
Akpom came through the Arsenal youth system and has spent ten years with the Gunners. In his late teens, it seemed that the young striker had the potential to become a first-team player for the north London side.
North London club Arsenal have decided to reward their promising starlets Eddie Nketiah, Matt Macey and Ben Sheaf with new deals at the Emirates.
Arsenal confirmed via a statement on their official website that the talented trio has agreed new deals with the Gunners after making their first-team debut this season.
Arsene Wenger has this season used a number of youth team players in the Europa League and Carabao Cup which allowed him to keep his first-team players fresh for the Premier League challenges.