Arsenal’s forgotten youngster transfer that could backfire on Mikel Arteta and Edu against Leeds

On Tuesday night, Arsenal and Leeds United meet on the pitch in a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie.
It will be only the second time the two sides have met in all competitions in the last decade, although they have grown acquainted off the field in recent years due to some transfer business.

Eddie Nketiah was loaned to Leeds in the summer of 2019, where he spent the first half of the season before being returned by Mikel Arteta, the newly-appointed Arsenal manager, after failing to unseat Patrick Bamford as Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice striker.
Then, in the summer of 2020, Arteta and technical director Edu arranged the £1.5 million sale of young forward Sam Greenwood to Leeds in a deal that may have gone unnoticed.

Despite missing out on playing against his previous team in two Premier League matches last season, the 19-year-old might be in line for a League Cup appearance.
Greenwood, after all, did make the bench against Fulham in the previous round and has been a part of three first-team matchday squads this season without adding to his one senior Leeds appearance.

Despite this, it’s safe to say the teenager’s decision to relocate to West Yorkshire from north London is paying off.
Greenwood scored 12 goals for the U23s last season and was regarded as the top player at Thorp Arch, according to Leeds Live in February, indicating that a road to the first team is clearer.