It was something every Arsenal fan knew that was going to happen, but it was still a surprise when Unai Emery announced the news.
Danny Welbeck will end five years in north London when his contract expires with the Gunners this summer. The former Manchester United striker has had a relatively successful time with Arsenal, making 126 appearances for the club and scoring 32 goals in all competitions.
The England international has been a fan favourite with Arsenal fans during his time in the capital, and although his departure might be an extra downer for supporters with Aaron Ramsey already leaving the club, Welbeck’s departure opens an opportunity for another striker to fill out his shoes, and that man is Eddie Nketiah.
The teenage striker has long been touted as one of the most exciting players to come through at Arsenal in some time along with the likes of Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, and Nketiah has been impressive whenever Emery has decided to give the striker minutes in the first-team this season.
Nketiah has been a proven goal-scorer in the youth teams for many years now at Arsenal, scoring nine goals and assisting four in 10 Premier League 2 appearances this campaign alone and already having his first first-team goals for the club against Norwich City in the League Cup last season.
The quality of youth at Arsenal was a large reason why Emery moved to the Gunners in the first place, and Nketiah could join the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles as the next youngster to break into the Gunners first-team and establish himself as a member of the squad for years to come.
Arsenal fans, should Nketiah be given more first-team chances next season? Let us know!
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