Eddie Nketiah’s Contract Extension: Loyalty and Love for Arsenal

Loyalty to Arsenal

Arsenal’s centre forward, Eddie Nketiah, has reaffirmed his love for the club as a primary reason for extending his contract with the North London-based Premier League side.

The 24-year-old’s journey with the Gunners began when he joined the Arsenal academy in 2015 at the age of 16, after a stint in Chelsea’s youth system.

A Promising Start

Nketiah’s ascent to Arsenal’s senior team came on January 1, 2019, but opportunities to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup proved elusive.

To gain more playing time, he embarked on a loan spell at Leeds United from August 2019 to January 2020.

During his time at Leeds, the Ghanaian-born striker made an impact by scoring five goals in 19 games in the EFL Championship.

A Striker’s Journey

Over the years, Eddie Nketiah has made 142 appearances for Arsenal, finding the back of the net 34 times in various competitions.

His journey with the club, however, had its share of challenges.

Initially rejecting a contract extension offer from Arsenal, he surprised many fans, especially considering his secondary role within the squad.

Loyalty Rewarded

Nketiah’s faith in the Arsenal system has ultimately paid off. In the current season, he has emerged as the primary striker for coach Mikel Arteta, partly due to Gabriel Jesus’s injury woes.

His consistency in the squad earned him his first international cap for England, as he made his debut on October 13, 2023, against Australia in a friendly match, which England won 1-0.

Love for the Club and Contract Renewal

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Nketiah expressed his deep affection for Arsenal, stating, “I signed a new deal at Arsenal as I love the club.

London’s home… but I’ve been an Arsenal fan all my life, and that played a big part.”

He also cited discussions with the manager and the plans in place for his development as influential factors in his decision.

Eddie Nketiah’s current contract with Arsenal is set to run until June 30, 2027, solidifying his commitment to the club he holds dear.

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