Eddie Nketiah signed a new long-term deal at Arsenal, with the striker also receiving Thierry Henry’s iconic number 14 shirt in the process.
The 22-year-old was in fine form for the Gunners at the end of last season, scoring five goals in eight games for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Nketiah’s previous contract expired at the end of this month, with Sky sports news revealing at the end of May that the striker had decided to stay at the club, despite interest from Crystal Palace and Borussia Monchengladbach, after being convinced by Arteta to stay.
“I am delighted that Eddie is staying with us,” read a statement from Arteta on the club’s website. “He represents who we are and all the values of the club.
“We are very happy that he has extended his contract and now we have to get down to business and continue to develop the great talent and person we have in him.”
Nketiah’s new number 14 shirt was worn by Arsenal legend Henry between 1999 and 2007, with the Frenchman scoring 228 goals for the Gunners in two separate spells.
The number has since been given to forwards, with Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking over as Arsenal’s number 14. Walcott scored more than 100 Arsenal goals in his Gunners career, while Aubameyang scored 92 times with that number before leaving for Barcelona in January.
Arsenal in talks for Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez
Arsenal they have also held talks with Ajax about a deal for central defender Lisandro Martínez.
The initial approach for him was said to have been made in late May after the season ended.
A deal is not believed to be close yet, as Arsenal’s recruitment staff are also working in other positions at the moment, but all sides are open to a deal.
Arteta is said to be a great admirer of Martínez and the player is also intrigued by the idea of working with him.
Argentina international Martinez is a left-footed central midfielder, a top product in this summer’s transfer market.
Sky sports news A source in Europe has told him that Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has also asked to be kept up to date on the Martinez situation.
‘The Nketiah agreement shows that Arteta is pulling power’
Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:
“There were doubts about the future of Eddie Nketiah and he has signed a new long-term contract. The man who joined Arsenal when he was 14, is now 22, has now compromised his future. He was in the last year of his deal. current, this will be seen as a big blow for Mikel Arteta.
“He’s wearing number 14, if anyone in that Arsenal dressing room knows what it’s about, it’s about Thierry Henry.
“The five goals in Arsenal’s last eight games shows that he could perhaps be seen as Arsenal’s number one striker. He feels like a new signing and now they can plan around him.”
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
“It shows the drawing power of Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu Gaspar. Crystal Palace were excited, Borussia Monchengladbach were excited. It was what Mikel Arteta told him that convinced him to stay.”
“That is not the end of what Arsenal want to do with that attack. They have lost Aubameyang and Lacazette and although Folarin Balogun will be back, Arsenal will want to get stronger in that area.”
Arsenal near Vieira | Gunners optimistic about Man City’s Jesus
Nketiah’s move to Arsenal is a boost for Arteta, who is also looking to bolster the Gunners’ attack with two new faces this window.
Porto confirmed the deal to sell midfielder Fabio Vieira to Arteta’s Arsenal for £34m, including add-ons, in a statement on Friday.
Vieira will add further creative talent to the Arsenal ranks as the highly rated midfielder has provided a league-high 14 assists in the 2021/22 First League campaign.
Arsenal have yet to announce the signing, but Vieira was understood to be in north London on Thursday for a medical.
The Gunners have since cooled off their interest in Youri Tielemans, making it more likely that the Belgian midfielder will sign a one-year contract extension at Leicester.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are “cautiously optimistic” of landing a deal for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus over the line.
The north London club worked nearly six months with the striker’s agent, Marcello Pettinati, to ensure they were in prime position to recruit him from the Premier League champions this summer.
Jesús expressed his desire to move to the Emirates at the beginning of June and the only stumbling block so far has been the distance between the valuations of both clubs.
Arsenal’s 2022/23 Premier League matches
Arsenal will kick off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on August 5, live on Friday Night Football.
Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, host Leicester City on August 13 before traveling to newly promoted Bournemouth on August 20.
The Gunners’ first derby in north London will take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, while the second leg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be played earlier in the year on January 14.
Arsenal’s last game before the season break for the winter World Cup will be against Wolves on the weekend of 12/13 November. They will then be back in action on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.
The last day of the Premier League season is May 28, when Arsenal close their campaign at home to Wolves.