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Eddie scores again

With 13 minutes to go and the score at 0-0, Leeds manger Marcelo Bielsa beckoned over his young striker on loan from Arsenal.

“Go win us the match Eddie” he probably said. 3 minutes later he did that scoring the only goal against Brentford to send Leeds top of the league.

That made it 2 from 2 for the England U21 international, who scored on his debut against Salford City in the EFL Cup.

This loan move to Leeds is going to be important for his development.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him, Nketiah would not have seen much game time at The Arsenal had he stayed this year.

His only starts would have been in the EFL Cup and Europa League. He would not have even been guaranteed a place on the bench in Premier League games.

Arsenal reportedly made clubs looking to loan Nketiah do a presentation to the player and club. A lesson learnt following Serge Gnabry’s disastrous move to WBA a few years ago.

At Leeds, Nketiah has found himself behind Patrick Bamford.

Whilst this might be frustrating for Arsenal fans, and Nketiah himself, it will be good for him to have to battle to get into the 1st team.

Bamford scored a brace against Wigan at the weekend and, with 3 goals in 4 league games this season, deserves to be starting ahead of Nketiah.

Competing for a 1st team spot will push Nketiah even more, and I am confident sooner rather than later the 20-year-old will be starting regularly for Leeds.

The Championship is a tough league. From day one you are pretty much playing twice a week. Add in the cups and that is over 50 games a season.

Top end Premier League clubs regularly play 50 games a season, but they have the squads to cope. Down in the Championship sides have to continually shuffle the pack; and that leads to game time.

Nketiah will end up with 30+ starts for Leeds this season across all competition, and will play over 40 games. It would not be a surprise to see him get close to 30 goals in all competitions.

That is important development game time that he would not have got at Arsenal.

Nketiah will return to the club in a year fitter, stronger and hungrier, ready to compete.

Taking into account the age of Aubameyang and Lacazette, he has a future at Arsenal.

Keenos

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Busy day for Arsenal in the transfer market

A lot happened yesterday in the world of Arsenal.

Firstly Arsenal announced in a very brief statement that Laurent Koscielny is leaving to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

It feels like it is a real nasty, needless end to a player who has spent 9 years at the club.

The refusal to go on the American tour was out of character and the way he has departed as definitely damaged his legacy.

Instead of getting a big goodbye in front of an Emirates crowd like Aaron Ramsey did, he leaves with a black cloud over his head. Surely it would have been better to remain professional and have played one last time against Lyon in the Emirates club.

We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future just about sums it up.

£5million is a decent chunk of money a player that turns 34 in a month. Arsenal have also chopped off nearly £5million off the age bill. Hopefully this frees up further cash to go for a centre back in these late hours.

We then had the news that Eddie Nketiah may well spend next season on loan, with Leeds being front runners for his signature.

It will be a make or break move for Nketiah who finds his playing time at Arsenal limited behind Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Some fans are moaning that he should get more of a chance at Arsenal, but with two world class strikers ahead of him, minutes will always be tough to come by

If Nketiah does exceptional, he will return to Arsenal and be prepped be Lacazette’s long term back up (taking into account next summer Aubameyang will have just 1 year left on his contract). If he only does OK, Arsenal will probably look to move him on.

With the likes of Tyreece John-Jules (18), Folarin Balogun (18) & Gabriel Martinelli (18) coming up behind, Arsenal will soon have to make a decision whether to continue investing in Nketiah’s development, or move him on in favour of those a couple of years younger.

The expectation was that with Danny Welbeck leaving on  a free at the end of last season, Nketiah will move up to 3rd choice striker – and maybe even the only striker on the bench if Aubameyang started on the left.

If the plan is to use Aubameyang solely as a striker, then loaning out Nketiah makes sense.

And it may well be Aubameyang and Lacazette competing upfront if Arsenal complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho.

According to stunning reports in France, Arsenal have agreed a deal to take the Brazilian on loan. Wait and see on this one I guess.

Than over night that Danieledaniel Rugani rumour reared its head again; with Arsenal having reportedly agreed terms with the young Italian.

Fans seem split on this one, with many calling him the “Italian Mustafi” and others saying he is a top central defender who just has not had his chance at Juventus.

A deal to bring the 25-year-old to London on a 2 year loan deal before making it permanent in 2021 does make a lot of sense in terms of budgeting.

Still plenty likely to happen over the next few days (and even between the writing of this blog and publishing).

Carl Jenkinson, who following Koscileny’s departure has become Arsenal’s longest serving player, looks set to leave.

Then you have Emile Smith Rowe who a few teams in Germany are clamouring over, and Shkodran Mustafi who no teams in Germany seem to want.

Do not be surprised to see a deadline day central defender come in either.

Yesterday it felt like every hour a different rumour was breaking.

One more blog and it will all be over.

Keenos

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Arsenal star set for “make or break” loan deal

Leeds United are reportedly sizing up a loan move for Eddie Nketiah, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein.

There is also significant interest in Nketiah from abroad as well as domestic clubs, including Bristol City.

The deal would be make or break for the talented youth international, who has found himself at a cross-roads in his Arsenal career.

Nketiah has just turned 20 and is still awaiting his 1st Premier League start for Arsenal.

The problem Nketiah has faced is in the last 12 months is that he is too good for the U23 league, but has some excellent strikers ahead of him.

He has had to sit patiently behind Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck to get his chance. The expectation was that with Welbeck leaving on  a free at the end of last season, Nketiah will move up to 3rd choice striker.

Nketiah needs game time to develop.

With the likes of Tyreece John-Jules (18), Folarin Balogun (18) & Gabriel Martinelli (18) coming up behind, Arsenal will soon have to make a decision whether to continue investing in Nketiah’s development, or move him on in favour of those a couple of years younger.

It is a similar situation to what Chuba Akpom found himself – Arsenal eventually decided to move him on in favour of promoting Nketiah to the 1st team.

Like Akpom, a loan deal will give Nketiah the game time he needs to prove himself. A deal will make or break him.

If Nketiah does exceptional, he will return to Arsenal and be prepped be Lacazette’s long term back up (taking into account next summer Aubameyang will have just 1 year left on his contract). If he only does OK, Arsenal will probably look to move him on.

Liverpool have done well recently moving on the likes of Dominic Solanke, Kevin Stewart, Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe. Those 4 raised nearly £46million after the Champions League winners decided that they did not have the quality for the highest level.

Next summer, Arsenal could well do similar with Nketiah if he has an average loan spell.

Arsenal would get  a decent fee for Nketiah (£15m+) from a low end Premier League or top end Championship club.

The focus would then move on to giving game time to those who are 2 years younger.

Nketiah needs the game time, and he will have to take his chances if he wants to prove he has a long term future at Arsenal.

Keenos

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