Arsenal starlet all but confirms transfer plans with latest contract negotiation

Arsenal striker all but confirms transfer plans with latest contract negotiation

Arsenal need a striker

Arsenal’s transfer business next season seems to be strongly predicated on the need for a striker.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled in front of goal so far this season, with his latest high-profile miss against Newcastle United at the weekend summing up his difficulties at present.

Meanwhile, both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal’s other two senior strikers, are out of contract in the summer. Gabriel Martinelli can be utilised through the middle, but is a winger by trade, although he provided a striker’s finish at the weekend.

This leaves only Folarin Balogun able to operate through the middle, and despite continuing to impress at underage level, he has made just one senior Premier League appearance, suggesting that perhaps he is not ready to assume the Aubameyang mantle just yet.

And now, one striker has made his feelings very clear.

Nketiah confirms he wants out

Now, as per the latest reports, Eddie Nketiah has rejected the offer of a new contract, instead choosing to depart the club in search of first team football.

According to the generally reliable outlet The Athletic:

“The Premier League club offered the 22-year-old an extension to his existing contract on Tuesday, only for the striker to reject the offer on Wednesday.” 

Where he goes remains a mystery, although:

“There is no shortage of interest in Nketiah, with Borussia Monchengladbach among the German clubs monitoring his situation. French side Nice are weighing up a move, while there is also interest from Italy.”

Should he remain in England, Arsenal will receive a fee via a tribunal, but they will get nothing should he move abroad.

Will this come back to bite the Gunners?

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Brentford FC 13 0 16
12 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
17 Watford FC 13 -6 13
18 Norwich City 14 -20 10
19 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4

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