Former Gunners striker believes Eddie Nketiah needs to leave Arsenal on loan

Nketiah’s Arsenal stint

Eddie Nketiah, now 21, has been on Arsenal’s books since 2015 after leaving Chelsea’s youth ranks.

The centre-forward has since gone on to impressive at youth level for both the Gunners and England’s under-21, the latter of which he is now their all-time top scorer, breaking Alan Shearer’s record earlier this year.

For Arsenal’s senior side though, Nketiah has found goals quite hard to come by.

After a fairly uninspiring loan stint with Leeds, during which he found minutes hard to come by, Nketiah returned to Arsenal midway through 2019/20.

The young hitman gained some favour with Mikel Arteta, in part due to his pressing abilities.

But as for goals, the former Chelsea man scored just two in 13 league ties last term and has since found the net just once in eight PL matches in 2020/21.

Former Gunners striker believes Eddie Nketiah needs to leave Arsenal on loan

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal leaves the pitch following being shown a red card after a VAR decision during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on July 07, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Should Nketiah leave on loan?

A case could certainly be made that part of the reason Nketiah doesn’t score too much is due to Arsenal’s lack of creativity in the final third.

But it is still quite clear that Nketiah is not currently the finished article.

Now, former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell has been discussing Nketiah.

And Campbell is of the opinion that Nketiah needs to go out on loan for another campaign:

“Nketiah has a knack for goals but I think he needs to go out on loan for another season, playing back-to-back games to get that confidence in his own body.

“Coming off the bench and playing sparingly is okay but there is nothing better than getting a run of starts to understand that you can do it at the top level.

“You have got to go through the tough parts. You need to get kicked, feel the pain and the soreness. That is what he needs to do.”

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Nketiah’s Arsenal stint Eddie Nketiah, now 21, has been on Arsenal’s books since 2015 after leaving Chelsea’s youth ranks. The centre-forward has since gone on to impressive at youth level for both the Gunners and England’s under-21, the latter of which he is now their all-time top scorer, breaking Alan Shearer’s record earlier this year.Football (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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