Jamie Carragher has encouraged Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah to leave the club despite the in-form striker scoring twice in the win over Leeds. The former England U21 international’s current contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season. However, Arsenal manager Mikael Arteta is keen to convince the academy graduate to extend his time with the club by signing a long-term contract.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the former Liverpool centre-back said: “I don’t think he will ever end up being the first-choice striker. I think it would be better if he moved on to something else.
Nketiah’s reluctance to sign a new contract was initially due to a lack of playing time. However, in recent weeks he has usurped Alexandre Lacazette from ninth position and rewarded Arteta’s faith with goals and assists , like his winning double today.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, the 22-year-old said: “It’s unbelievable. It’s always nice to score. It’s a big three pointer. We work hard, we want to give it to the fans. It’s amazing to get the three points and it brings us closer to the top four.
“Every player wants to play and have opportunities. I’ve worked hard throughout the season to make sure I’m ready when I get my chance. I thank my teammates for helping me do well. I am happy to be in the team and to help the team.
The forward was also keen to praise the Arsenal supporters for helping push their side to victory and the connection they had with the players. “It’s a great atmosphere and throughout the season it’s been excellent,” he said. “I really feel the connection between the players and the fans. It’s amazing to be involved and we give everything to make them happy and reach the goal.
Many Arsenal fans are hoping their support will be enough to keep the promising young striker at the club so he can build on his recent strong performances. The Englishman also praised former club Leeds. Nketiah spent a year on loan at the Yorkshire club in 2019-20 and helped them secure promotion to the Premier League.