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Arsenal forward Arteta won’t play emerges as ideal signing on club’s ‘secret list’

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah celebrating after scoring in the League Cup

An Arsenal attacker who is yet to make a single league start this year despite scoring five in the League Cup has emerged as an ideal signing for Borussia Monchengladbach, per a report.

Arsenal’s options in the final third could look entirely different by the time next season begins. Heading into the current campaign, Mikel Arteta had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to call upon for the centre-forward position.

However, Aubameyang left for Barcelona in January after his latest discipli9nary breach proved the last straw for his manager. Lacazette and Nketiah, meanwhile, will both be free agents at season’s end.

Lacazette has upped his game in recent months after taking the reins up front. Arsenal’s absence from Europe, combined with their quick FA Cup exit has ensured he has not needed to be rotated.

That has left Nketiah kicking his heels who is yet to register a single league start this campaign.

His tally thus far reads 11 substitute appearances worth a measly 114 minutes. That’s despite Nketiah bagging five in five in the League Cup prior to Christmas.

Now, Sport Witness report Nketiah has emerged on a ‘secret shopping list’ of German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

Firstly, Nketiah is deemed ‘likely’ to leave the Emirates this summer. If he is unable to generate significant minutes with only two centre-forwards in the squad at present, the outlook for his long-term future looks bleak.

A new contract – if one is offered – is thus unlikely to be signed. That will make him a free agent and that is music to the ears of the Bundesliga side.

Nketiah fits Monchengladbach rebuild

Monchengladbach are prepared to overhaul their squad this summer as they embark on a rebuild.

However, funds are expected to be limited with Head of Scouting, Stefan Korell, already telling fans new signings will have to be budget-friendly.

Nketiah will not cost a fee as a free agent and would thus be an ideal pick-up for the Germans.

Presumably, they will be hoping to develop Nketiah in the way Borussia Dortmund did to great effect with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham – also signed from England.

Arsenal are expected to sign one or two major name forwards this summer. The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak, Darwin Nunez, Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham have been linked.

If one or even two of those players arrived, Nketiah’s time in north London would likely be up.