Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the agent of Arsenal’s striker Eddie Nketiah is in discussion with Arsenal about a new contract as he would like the player to remain at the club.
From January 1st, the 22 year-old will have the freedom to negotiate with foreign clubs about joining them as his contract is due to expire next summer.
Nketiah has been finding it difficult to find opportunities to play under manager Arteta, in part because of the presence of forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Who are currently the first choice strikers at the club.
Reports claim that the England international recently turned down a new contract offer from the club to reflect his growing ambition as he eyes his exit.
Arteta understands that Nketiah feels like he needs more opportunities in-game.
But knows he can still be of use if he remains with Arsenal as the team needs him and Arteta feels that Nketiah has what it takes to ‘really help the team.’
‘Eddie has six months left on his contract and we are having discussions with him and the agents to try to find the best possible way,’ said Arteta on Friday.
‘Eddie knows how much I like him, how much I rate him and I would like him to stay at the club.
‘He is our player and someone that we raised and has the Arsenal DNA in his blood.
‘He loves the club so much and his reason is that he wants to play more football and that’s a genuine reason.
‘It’s nothing to do with anything else, he wants more minutes, he feels he is capable to contribute much more and that’s why I like him.’
‘[It’s] very difficult, but I understand he’s at that period in his career when after a loan spell, after coming back and being in and out of the team, he feels that that’s the case,’ added the Spanish boss.
‘But at the same time, I have a strong feeling with him that he can really help the team.’ He added.