Arsenal striker Arteta won’t play emerges as ideal signing on club’s ‘secret shortlist’

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An Arsenal striker who has yet to make a single league start this year despite five League Cup goals has become an ideal signing for Borussia Mönchengladbach, according to a report.

Arsenal’s options in the final third could be completely different at the start of next season. Heading into the current campaign, Mikel Arteta had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to call for the centre-forward position.

However, Aubameyang left for Barcelona in January after his latest disciplinary offense was the last straw for his manager. Lacazette and Nketiah, meanwhile, will both be free agents at the end of the season.

Lacazette has upped his game in recent months after taking the reins up front. Arsenal’s absence from Europe, combined with their early exit from the FA Cup, ensured that he did not need a replacement.

This left Nketiah kicking heels who has yet to register a single league start this campaign.

His tally so far shows 11 substitute appearances worth 114 minutes. That’s despite Nketiah pocketing five out of five in the League Cup before Christmas.

Now, Sport Witness report Nketiah appeared on a “secret shopping list” from German outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach.

First, Nketiah is deemed “likely” to leave the Emirates this summer. If he is unable to generate meaningful minutes with just two centre-forwards in the squad at present, the prospects for his long-term future look bleak.

It is therefore unlikely that a new contract – if offered – will be signed. That will make him a free agent and that’s music to Bundesliga ears.

Nketiah adapts to the reconstruction of Mönchengladbach

Mönchengladbach are set to revamp their squad this summer as they embark on a rebuild.

However, funds are expected to be limited with scouting chief Stefan Korell already telling fans that new signings will have to be on budget.

Nketiah will cost nothing as a free agent and would therefore be an ideal pick-up for the Germans.

Presumably, they are hoping to develop Nketiah like Borussia Dortmund successfully did with Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham – also signed from England.

Arsenal should sign one or two major strikers this summer. The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak, Darwin Nunez, Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham have been linked.

If one or even two of these players arrived, Nketiah’s time in North London would likely be over.

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