Arsenal Transfer News: Fresh update names striker Gunners wanted to axe most this summer


Paul Brown reckons that selling Eddie Nketiah was one of Arsenal's priorities this summer.

What happened with Nketiah?

Following an extremely frustrating season for the north London giants last term, it looked likely that the young striker would be moved on by Arsenal.

Whilst Nketiah made 29 appearances in all competitions, he accumulated just 1,228 minutes and only 413 in the Premier League.

Nketiah scored six times during that period but made just four league starts and has always been behind both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in Mikel Arteta's pecking order.

With Arsenal desperately trying to add to their frontline, it looked like the 22-year-old was going to be sold.



Crystal Palace were interested in the England Under-21 striker, but Arsenal valued him at £20m, and no one was willing to meet the Gunners' asking-price, meaning Nketiah stayed with his boyhood club.

Nketiah, who's scored 13 goals in total for Arsenal, hasn't been involved in any competitive game this season due to injury, but recently made his comeback for the club's Under-21 side earlier this month.

What did Brown say about Nketiah?

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He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think it was actually Eddie Nketiah they really wanted out the most.

"They were hoping that a deal could be done there, but he was valued far above what anyone was willing to pay. So, with Arsenal unwilling to drop the price for him, he ended up staying."

Can Nketiah force his way into Arteta's plans?

With Arsenal not in Europe for the first time since 1996, Nketiah's opportunities are likely to be limited.

He'll be hoping to make his first appearance of the season against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup this week, but it feels like that competition will be his only chance to start games.

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And, even then, Lacazette might get the nod ahead of him having failed to start a game himself this season.

Unless one of Lacazette and Aubameyang gets injured or suspended, it promises to be a frustrating few months before the transfer window re-opens on 1 January for Nketiah.

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