Eddie Nketiah 'unhappy at Arsenal and ready to snub new contract if he is not given more game time'

Eddie Nketiah 'unhappy at Arsenal and ready to snub new contract if he is not given more game time'

October 28, 2021

EDDIE NKETIAH is 'unhappy' at Arsenal, according to reports.

And it's claimed he will snub a new contract if he doesn't get more game time.

The Gunners academy graduate scored his side's second as they beat Leeds 2-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

But that was just his second appearance of the season, with the other coming in the previous round against AFC Wimbledon.

Nketiah, 22, has not been named on Mikel Arteta's nine-man bench even once in the Premier League this season.

And no European football has limited his opportunities even further.

His contract is set to expire at the end of this season.

According to Ekrem Konur, the Gunners want to hand him a new three-year deal.

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But he adds that Nketiah is frustrated by his lack of game time and will only sign on if he feels he has a chance to play regularly.

Crystal Palace tried to sign the striker for £12million in August.

But the move fell through due to personal terms.

After Tuesday night's match, boss Arteta said: "I have no doubts about what he can offer.

"Whatever you throw at him, he wants more, and demands more of himself, and he's another one that I am delighted to see the performance and for him to score the goal and help the team, because he totally deserves it.

"But there's a lot of players who play in that position, and with a personal situation [with his contract running down], but I try to leave that aside and try to [reward him] because he deserves it."

I have full belief that he is going to be a top player and hopefully at Arsenal

Later asked about Nketiah's future, he added: "Yes, but we had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn't either way.

"The contract situation is more and more common in football, from where we are coming from with Covid and a lot of issues we have to resolve.

"I have full belief that he is going to be a top player and hopefully at Arsenal."

He then added: "I am happy to have him in the team. He is our player and I consider him and regard him really highly, and from my side I want him to stay."

Nketiah has made 67 first-team appearances for his boyhood club since being handed his debut by Arsene Wenger in 2017 – scoring 15 goals in the process.

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