Arsenal hand Nketiah No. 14 shirt as 23-year-old pens new ‘long-term’ contract

Date published: Saturday 18th June 2022 1:50 - Jason Soutar

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah celebrates his goal

Eddie Nketiah has penned a new long-term Arsenal contract, the Premier League club confirmed on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who has been with the Gunners since the age of 14, had been in the final few weeks of his previous deal.

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Nketiah had been linked with a move to Crystal Palace but has now committed his future to Arsenal.

The north Londoners also announced Nketiah will take the number 14 shirt, recently vacated by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and previously worn by record goalscorer Thierry Henry, from next season.

Manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website: “I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we are all about and all the values of the club.

“We are very happy that he has extended his contract and now we have to get to work and continue to develop the great talent and person that we have in him.”

Technical Director Edu added: “The foundations of this squad are built on young talent and in particular those who have come through our Academy system.

“Eddie was released by another club as a young man but has always shown he has the attitude as well as the ability to become a top player.

“The fact he’s signed a new contract is an important part of our squad planning for next season and we’re all delighted.”

Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere has said that Leeds winger Raphinha would be a good signing for Arsenal.

The Gunners are reportedly keen on signing the Brazilian international – who is available for around £60m this summer.

“For someone who’s only been in England for two years, he’s got a lot of experience,” Wilshere said on talkSPORT.

“He came to England and just clicked straight away.

“He was in a relegation battle last year so he knows he’s up for a fight.

“I think he’d be a good one for Arsenal. He’ll be expensive, of course he will.”

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