Amidst growing speculation and links to Crystal Palace, Arsenal have asserted that they have no plans to part ways with homegrown striker, Eddie Nketiah, in the January transfer window.
Journalist Ben Jacobs has reported that Arsenal’s decision hinges on their ability to secure a suitable replacement striker before considering any potential departure for Nketiah.
Despite recent rumours suggesting Arsenal’s willingness to offload Nketiah to generate funds for a new striker, the 22-year-old forward has not helped his case with a subdued performance in recent matches.
While Nketiah has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace and West Ham, he remains steadfast in his commitment to his future in north London.
Currently, Nketiah shares the title of Arsenal’s joint-top scorer with Bukayo Saka, although the team has faced challenges in producing sharp performances in the final third.
The ongoing speculation surrounding a new center-forward has raised questions about the potential departure of Nketiah, who is reportedly high on the list of players considered for a transfer by Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar.
Crystal Palace, eager to strengthen their attacking lineup, have expressed interest in Nketiah, with recent reports indicating that Arsenal rebuffed an approach from the Eagles. This aligns with Ben Jacobs’ claims that Arsenal’s intention is not to part with the homegrown star.
Mikel Arteta is reported to have faith in Nketiah’s role within the squad, despite the Englishman being behind Gabriel Jesus in the pecking order. As of now, Arsenal are set on retaining Nketiah unless they secure a suitable replacement in the weeks ahead.
While Arsenal aims to fortify its forward line in the winter transfer window, the pursuit of a new striker faces challenges. Ivan Toney is a target, but his £100 million price tag poses a hurdle. Although Toney reportedly favours a move to the Emirates, uncertainties surround any potential deal.
Additionally, Arsenal have triggered David Raya’s loan deal, potentially paving the way for another temporary signing from Brentford as they navigate the complexities of the January transfer market.