Eddie Nketiah is ready to leave Arsenal in search of a-team football with his contract expiring this summer.
Nketiah has barely had a kick in the entire season; his only appearances come in the Carabao Cup where he has scored two goals in as many matches.
Now as a 22-year-old, the forward has not yet proven that he has what it takes to play for the Gunners, despite scoring regular goals for the U-23 during the early part of his career.
A loan spell at Leeds United yielded just three goals in 17 league games and he was similarly overwhelming for Arsenal last season and managed just two Premier League attacks in 17 games.
According to Sky Sports, Nketiah may be ready to test the waters elsewhere once his deal is settled.
He is free to sign a pre-contract deal with a team outside England in January, at the same time as he was also linked with Crystal Palace during the summer. Whether the Eagles would still be interested after adding Odsonne Edouard to their ranks is another matter.
There is no problem between Nketiah and head coach Mikel Arteta – who gave him plenty of playing time even when he did not score last season – but the player is still keen on more first-team action.
In fact, Arteta even revealed his desire for Nketiah to stay at the club after scoring in his team’s Carabao Cup win over former team Leeds last month.
“I have no doubt what he can offer,” said Arteta. “Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and demands more of himself, and he’s another one that I’m happy to see the performance and for him to score goals and help the team, because he totally deserves it.
“But there are many players who play in that position and with a personal situation [with his contract running down], but I try to leave it aside and try [reward him] for he deserves it. “
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