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Concrete chance Arsenal striker could leave this summer

Concrete chance Arsenal striker could leave this summer
Concrete chance Arsenal striker could leave this summer

There’s a concrete chance that Eddie Nketiah leaves Arsenal this summer, with the player fielding interest from the Premier League and Bundesliga in the past.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 28, 2023. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano reports in his Daily Briefing that there’s a concrete possibility that Eddie Nketiah could move on this summer, adding that the striker has always had plenty of interest in the Premier League and the Bundesliga.

West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Borussia Monchengladbach have made their interest known in the past, and their pursuit could be boosted by the fact Arsenal are looking to make a summer signing up front.

Speaking to The Athletic FC Podcast recently, David Ornstein also suggested Nketiah’s future at Arsenal may be uncertain.

“Eddie Nketiah, I think the minutes that he’s receiving speak volumes,” Ornstein said. “Maybe Mikel Arteta and Arsenal don’t see him as one for them going forward.

“I know of clubs that like him too, yet he’ll have a decision to make as well as Arsenal.”

Arsenal's British forward #14 Eddie Nketiah aknowledges the supporters at the end of a UEFA Champions League group B football match between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, on December 12, 2023. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah aknowledges the supporters at the end of a UEFA Champions League group B football match between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, on December 12, 2023. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Nketiah has made plenty of appearances this season, playing 37 times in all competitions, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story.

In terms of starts, Nketiah is only up to 13, and none of those starts have come in 2024.

The 24-year-old last made an Arsenal lineup away to Fulham on December 31st, 2023, one of just four times he’s completed the full 90 minutes of a game this season.

Arsenal's English striker #14 Eddie Nketiah (L) vies with Manchester United's Argentinian defender #06 Lisandro Martinez (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 3, 2023. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see what happens with Nketiah when Jurrien Timber returns to the first-team squad, which could happen this weekend.

If everyone else stays fit, someone is going to have to drop out, and Nketiah is arguably the most likely.

From Sunday’s bench, Aaron Ramsdale, Jakub Kiwior, Jorginho, and Fabio Vieira are all pretty unlikely to drop out, as they’re the only real options in their positions.

With Havertz starting up front, Jesus on the bench, and Leandro Trossard