Eddie Nketiah has revealed Unai Emery wanted to keep him at Arsenal prior to completing a loan switch to Leeds United this summer.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the England Under-21 international had stated that his manager had him in his plans, however he admitted that he felt a move to Elland Road would be a good step in his career and one that could benefit him in the future.
“The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans,” he said.
“But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds. I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.
“There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.”
Indeed, the move to Leeds looks to have been a good piece of business for everyone involved, although Marcelo Bielsa’s side will feel as though they can benefit the most from having him in the team.
Having lost Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht, the Argentine will have needed to have added some firepower to his squad and Nketiah appears to have been settling into life in Yorkshire without too many problems.
Although he has had a slow start, the 20-year-old has already shown that he can be rather reliable in front of goal – he has three goals in five appearances for Leeds so far, with two of those coming in the League Cup (per WhoScored).
Admittedly, he has only had 58 minutes of Championship action under Bielsa so far, however he has shown he is not shy of having a go as he averages 1.3 shots per game despite his limited opportunities.
That stat will be rather encouraging for the Argentine as well, as he revealed that the Whites’ inability to finish off their chances last season was one of the main reasons as to why he felt they are not playing Premier League football now.
Considering Leeds are a side that should be pushing for promotion to the Premier League, especially after coming so close last season, perhaps, a move to Elland Road will be the challenge Nketiah needs at this stage of his young career.
Although it is still very early days into his tenure at the Whites, it appears to have been a good move for the Arsenal man and one that has all the signs of proving it to be the best place for him.
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