Arsenal star likely to sign new contract

Arsenal could be about to keep one of their strikers at the Emirates Stadium before the end of the season it would seem.

Whilst many may have been heading to the site in order to enjoy a wagering session, it seems that there has been some positive news coming out of north London for fans of the Gunners.

Indeed, it seems reports are now suggesting that Eddie Nketiah could be about to remain with the team he has been at since a youth graduate and will extend his stay with them.

Of course, the 23-year-old would have been attracting a number of suitors following his free-agent status and the fact that he had started to show some form in the back-end of the Premier League season.

Nketiah turned around the 51 minutes he had before February in the league under Mikel Arteta this season and positioned himself as a key component of the Gunners’ attack for the remainder of the campaign; one which ended in an agonising fashion as they just missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification and saw their arch-rivals achieve it instead.

He scored five goals in the final seven Premier League games and this form and perhaps a new-found confidence may have swayed his decision to sign a new contract with Arsenal and extend his time with the club further.

Nketiah – who had allegedly attracted interest from West Ham United, Crystal Palace, and Brighton & Hove Albion as well as clubs from abroad  – is not the only player to have signed a new deal to remain at the club when it looked likely that they would be departing.

Mohamed Elneny also came in from the cold and proved to be a valuable squad member for Arteta towards the end of the season, and recently was rewarded with a one-year extension to the contract that was set to initially expire in the summer.

One man that does not look set to stay beyond the end of his current deal, though, is Alexandre Lacazette.

With Nketiah having taken over the main spot in the starting XI, the Frenchman saw his minutes limited, whilst he continued to flounder when given the chance to prove himself when given the opportunity.

There is no suggestion that a new deal is on the table, therefore it is likely that he will depart the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal will have to ensure they work hard throughout the summer to find a replacement that can help them be successful next season, especially with European football back on the schedule.