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By Sir Hardly Anyone
A report in the Telegraph newspaper tells us that “Eddie Nketiah on verge of signing new Arsenal deal”
After a couple of paragraphs of generalised chit-chat the paper continues, “The 22-year-old has rejected previous offers from Arsenal and has always insisted that his priority is to play more regular first-team football. A recent run in the side appears to have prompted Nketiah, a product of the club’s academy, to change his mind about leaving the club.”
Eddie scored five goals in his last eight games taking him to 10 goals in all competitions, just behind Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
The paper adds, “Discussions over Nketiah’s new deal are understood to be ongoing but there is now increased optimism from Arsenal that the striker will be willing to commit his future to the club.”
However the paper also continues that, “A new contract for Nketiah will not stop Arsenal from looking to strengthen their attacking options this summer, with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus their top target in attack.”
The paper also mentions Napoli’s Victor Osimhen as another forward Arsenal might sign, but they also suggest instead that Arsenal want to boost the midfield. They also note that Mr Arteta is most certainly wanting the star of this last season’s defensive football in France, William Saliba, to play in the Arsenal team.
It was generally agreed that Arsenal needed to expand the squad anyway, and now with qualification for the Europa League, Arsenal will be having a series of weeks in which the extra European game is going to be played. Although youngsters can be used for some games, back-up players will also be needed.
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In terms of last season’s goal scoring achievements Arsenal were the sixth most profilic team in the league, which since we ended up fifth shows the goals scoring was not that far off our position overall. But it also suggests that if Arsenal wish to move up to fourth then more goals are indeed needed. Martinelli will certainly oblige and we can hope that Saka and Smith Rowe will knock in more as well.
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Of course we don’t ever wish injury on any player, but if either of those players were out for a part of the season, Tottenham as currently constituted would be in trouble.
As we all know Arsenal had the youngest team in the league this past season, which suggests that the club will improve this next year with extra-knowhow and so we can imagine that Saka, Smith Rowe and Eddie (assuming for once that a media report is correct) will all enhance their level of scoring.
Of course, the big worry as ever is the insanity that is known as the FA and international football. England pick Saka for every game which means he is hardly ever going to get a break, what with the double insanity plus playing a world cup in Qatar part way through the season.
With luck Eddie and Emile won’t be picked to play for England and so they might get a proper rest from football, and be able to cover for Saka when he returns exhausted and quite possibly injured. (We remember here Mr Wenger’s comparison of international managers with car thieves who return your car having run it into the ground, demanding that you repair it ready for them to steal it next time around. He got fined for that one).
Saka might well be far less effective after the world cup (although we can always hope that England are knocked out in the first round) but if we have a big enough squad we might be able to cope with him until he is once more patched up.
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