Nketiah reveals why he ignored Emery plea before Leeds transfer

New Leeds favourite Eddie Nketiah has revealed he ignored Unai Emery’s pleas to stay at Arsenal this season in favour of a move to Elland Road.

The Gunners striker, who joined Leeds on a season-long loan earlier this summer, already has three goals to his name for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, despite being yet to start a Championship side.

And Nketiah, who has a huge fan in the shape of Gunners legend Ian Wright, says he went against pleas from Emery to stay at Arsenal in favour of hooking up with the Yorkshire club’s promotion push.

“The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans,” Nketiah told the Daily Mail.

“But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds.

“I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.

“There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.”

Nketiah’s new Leeds teammate Stuart Dallas, meanwhile, has spoken about his early season form and why he now seems himself as a full-back rather than a winger.



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