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Mikel Arteta made it ‘almost impossible’ to leave Arsenal

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Eddie Nketiah has explained his decision to pen a new long-term contract and remain at Arsenal this summer.

Having been a bit-part player for most of the season, the striker emerged as a key figure towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign in the absence of a regular goalscorer in Mikel Arteta’s squad – netting five times in eight Premier League starts.

Prior to that run in the team it had been expected that Nketiah would move on on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expired, but riding the crest of that wave he instead signed a new five-year deal at the Emirates last week. The 23-year-old was even handed the famed number 14 shirt.

Speaking about his decision to The Telegraph, Nketiah said: “Everyone knows how much I love Arsenal.

“I have come through the academy, I have the attachment with the club. The manager was very supportive and pushed a lot for me to stay. Once I had those kinds of assurances, and no doubts that I will get opportunities to play next season, it was almost impossible for me to leave.


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