Eddie Nketiah has signed a brand new long-term contract at Arsenal, with the striker additionally being given Thierry Henry’s iconic quantity 14 shirt within the course of.
The 22-year-old was in high quality type for the Gunners on the finish of final season, scoring 5 targets in eight matches for Mikel Arteta’s aspect.
Nketiah’s earlier contract expired on the finish of this month, with Sky Sports activities Information revealing on the finish of Could that the ahead had determined to remain on the membership, regardless of curiosity from Crystal Palace and Borussia Monchengladbach, after being satisfied by Arteta to stay.
“I am delighted Eddie is staying with us,” an announcement from Arteta learn on the membership’s web site. “He represents what we’re all about and all of the values of the membership.
“We’re very joyful that he has prolonged his contract and now we’ve to get to work and proceed to develop the nice expertise and person that we’ve in him.”
Nketiah’s new No 14 shirt was worn by Arsenal legend Henry between 1999 and 2007, with the Frenchman scoring 228 targets for the Gunners in two separate spells.
Since then, the quantity has been given to strikers – with Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking on the mantle as Arsenal’s No 14. Walcott scored over 100 Arsenal targets in his Gunners profession, whereas Aubameyang netted 92 instances with that quantity earlier than departing for Barcelona in January.
Arsenal in talks over Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez
Arsenal have additionally held talks with Ajax over a deal for centre-back Lisandro Martinez.
The preliminary strategy for him was stated to have been made in late Could after the season completed.
An settlement just isn’t regarded as shut but – with Arsenal’s recruitment workers additionally engaged on various different positions for the time being – however all sides are open to a deal.
Arteta is alleged to be an enormous fan of Martinez and the participant can also be intrigued by the concept of working with him.
Argentina worldwide Martinez is a left-footed centre-half – a premium commodity on this summer season’s switch market.
Sky Sports activities Information has been advised from one supply in Europe that Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has additionally requested to be stored up to date with Martinez’s scenario.
‘Nketiah deal reveals Arteta pulling energy’
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Mark McAdam:
“There have been doubts over Eddie Nketiah’s future and he has signed a brand new long-term contract. The person that joined Arsenal as a 14-year-old, now 22 years previous, has now dedicated his future. He was into the ultimate yr of his present deal, this will probably be seen as an enormous coup for Mikel Arteta.
“He is sporting the No 14, if anybody in that Arsenal dressing room is aware of what it is about, it is about Thierry Henry.
“The 5 targets in Arsenal’s final eight video games reveals he may maybe be seen as Arsenal’s primary striker. It appears like a brand new signing they usually can plan round him now.”
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
“It reveals the pulling energy of Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu Gaspar. Crystal Palace had been eager, Borussia Monchengladbach had been eager. It is what Mikel Arteta stated to him that satisfied him to remain.
“That is not the top of what Arsenal wish to do with that assault. They’ve misplaced Aubameyang and Lacazette and whereas Folarin Balogun will probably be coming again, Arsenal will wish to strengthen in that space.”
Arsenal close to Vieira | Gunners optimistic over Man City’s Jesus
Nketiah’s dedication to Arsenal is a lift for Arteta, who can also be seeking to bolster the Gunners’ assault with two new faces this window.
Porto confirmed the deal to promote midfielder Fabio Vieira to Arteta’s Arsenal for £34m together with add-ons, in an announcement on Friday.
Vieira will add additional inventive expertise to Arsenal’s ranks, with the highly-rated midfielder having laid on a league-high 14 assists within the 2021/22 Primera Liga marketing campaign.
Arsenal are but to announce the signing however Vieira was understood to have been in north London on Thursday for a medical.
The Gunners have since cooled their curiosity in Youri Tielemans making it extra possible the Belgium midfielder will signal a one-year contract extension at Leicester.
In the meantime, Arsenal are “cautiously optimistic” of getting a deal for Manchester Metropolis’s Gabriel Jesus over the road.
The north London membership put in practically six months of labor with the ahead’s consultant Marcello Pettinati to make sure they had been in pole place to recruit him from the Premier League champions this summer season.
Jesus indicated his need to maneuver to the Emirates firstly of June and the one hindrance up to now has been the space between the valuations of each golf equipment.
Arsenal’s 2022/23 Premier League fixtures
Arsenal will begin their 2022/23 Premier League marketing campaign away at Crystal Palace on August 5, reside on Friday Evening Soccer.
Mikel Arteta’s aspect, who completed fifth within the Premier League final time period, will then host Leicester Metropolis on August 13 earlier than travelling to newly-promoted Bournemouth on August 20.
The Gunners’ first north London derby will happen at Emirates Stadium on October 1, whereas the return recreation at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is early into the brand new yr on January 14.
Arsenal’s remaining recreation earlier than the season pauses for the winter World Cup will probably be away to Wolves on the weekend of November 12/13. They may then return to motion on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.
The ultimate day of the Premier League season is on Could 28, the place Arsenal will shut out their marketing campaign at dwelling to Wolves.