The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern were celebrating in the pub on Saturday night. It has been a tough few weeks for the Gunners, but a solid win against Swansea City on Saturday has improved their mood levels. Though Arsene Wenger’s side has caused a lot of frustration to fans this term, they look to be finally turning a corner, and that’s great news for the club.
Fortunately for the fans in the pub, there may be even more good news on the horizon, too. According to the Sun, Arsenal are finally ready to tie down young Eddie Nketiah to a new contract. Talks are reportedly set to get underway within the next month, with the forward set to receive a significant pay rise for his fine work. As the Sun report, he has just over one full season left on his current deal (expiring 2019), and so the fans in the Transfer have been waiting for his long-term future to be sorted out ever since he impressed during his early days as a young Gunner. For them, it’s definitely a case of the sooner the better.
Though you could argue that they’ve moved quickly, given his fine recent form, the truth is that he’s been that good for a while now – and he really deserves a new deal. Fans of youth football will have noted his 24 goal haul last season, which should have caught the eye of the Arsenal higher-ups. He bagged the same tally the year prior, and that led to his first contract, and after proving his quality last term, a new, longer deal should have followed.
Nketiah, of course, rose to particular prominence after scoring a brace in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Norwich City last week, though he has been known to Arsenal circles for a while now. He possesses electric pace, technical brilliance and, evidently, a very efficient knack for goalscoring. It’s clearly a time for transition at the Emirates, and with all the natural quality that he brings to the table, he is destined to have a bright future. Arsenal, now, want to make sure that future is at the club.
According to ESPN, he signed a relatively short-term, given the usual length of modern-day deals, three-year contract last summer, but so much has changed in that time with regards to his future, and in truth, the fans in the Transfer Tavern are keen for him to renew his current deal as soon as possible.
He’s still an unproven player at the highest level, but his ability is clear for all to see.
The 18-year-old has now dipped his toes in at the highest level, and if the Gunners can secure his long-term future, Arsene Wenger can move to fully submerge him at the Emirates.
It won’t be easy for him to break into the first team, but with key attackers like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez still yet to sign on, there is certainly space for him. That said, it is baffling that Arsenal have yet to secure his long-term future. The likes of Liverpool, in the case of Ben Woodburn, and Chelsea, in the case of Ethan Ampadu, have moved to secure their most talented young players as soon as possible, and Arsenal are now looking to do the same, albeit slightly later than they would have hoped. Let’s not forget, he’s not a fresh off the block youngster – he’s already 18-years-old. Though that is, of course, very young for a footballer, but at the likes of Chelsea and Man City, players are sometimes already on their second contracts and are moving onto their third in some cases.
The Gunners should really have looked to secure this when he continued to impress a few months ago, but now they can expect his demands to increase significantly.
They can’t afford another Sanchez situation in 12 months – as Nketiah looks like the real deal. The sooner this deal happens the better, as although 18 months seems like a long time, the Gunners have seen with Sanchez and Ozil that it really isn’t.
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