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Arsenal contract rebel sees options widen as Bundesliga club enters picture

Eddie Nketiah Arsenal Dec 2020 TEAMtalk

Borussia Monchengladbach have joined the list of clubs keen on Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and may look to swoop during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old appears surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium. He has not played a single minute of Premier League football in 2021-2022. The Londoner will be out of contract in the summer and an exit seems inevitable.

The Gunners want him to stay and have reportedly offered him a new three-year contract. But the former England Under-21 ace is concerned about the among of game time he would see and has not signed the deal.

Other clubs have also been linked with Aston Villa and Leeds said to be monitoring his situation. The Whites know all about the hitman as he was loaned to the Elland Road club for the 2019-2020 campaign.

However, after just two Championship starts and 17 appearances, Nketiah was recalled to Arsenal in January 2020. He bagged a couple of goals for the north Londoners from seven league starts and 13 outings in total.

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The Lewisham-born starlet was handed four top-flight starts and 17 appearances last term and found the net twice. But Mikel Arteta appears to have lost faith despite heaping praise on the forward back in September.

That was after he had scored in a 3-0 EFL Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon. Nketiah repeated the feat in the following round 2-0 success over Leeds on October 26.

But he has not been seen in action since. The Sun are suggesting the youngster is now ‘resigned’ to being on the peripheries of the first-team squad.

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Nketiah realistic over Arsenal chances

Nketiah has proved he can score goals with a hatful for the Three Lions Under-21s. He notched 16 in 17 appearances and seemed to have the world at his feet.

Progress has stalled but other clubs may be set to hand him an opportunity to finally play regular football. Monchengladbach can open dialogue with the player in January as he is out of contract at the end of the season.

He could leave for nothing next summer but other clubs would also enter the picture. Leeds chief Marcelo Bielsa is a known admirer of the former Chelsea loan star while Crystal Palace have been linked.

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Gladbach may opt to move in January and pay Arsenal a transfer fee to ensure they get their man. His future is up in the air but, down the pecking order, most things points to the fact it will not be with his present employers.

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