Soon-to-be out of contract Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has opened up on his future ahead of the summer transfer window.
The England U21 international progressed through the ranks at the Gunners. He has played 85 times for them at senior level.
The 22-year-old started for the first time in the league this season over the weekend as Arsenal were beaten by Southampton.
Nketiah’s future is in doubt with his current contract set to expire in June. Crystal Palace are said to be among the clubs interested in him.
The player has admitted that it has always been a “goal” of his to be Arsenal’s number nine:
“There have been offers of a new contract but at the moment my aim is to play football and play regularly,” Nketiah told The Beautiful Game podcast.
“That’s my ambition and that’s what I hope to do but at the same time I’m at Arsenal, I love Arsenal.”
He continued: “What I can say is just that I love the club. I’m a childhood supporter as well, people need to remember this.
“It has always been my goal to be the number nine for Arsenal and that only. I think I’m good enough to do that and I’ve always been driven towards that.
“What I will say is that I’m 100 per cent totally committed to the club and achieving their goals this season.
“Whether I get five, 10, 15 starts I going to try and do as much as I can for the team and do well. I want to do well as much as they want to do well.
“That’s my aim just do as well as I can until the end of the season and then see what the future holds after that.”
Nketiah noted that he is open to switching allegiances to play for Ghana. But he insisted that he is focused on his contract status:
“My club situation is the priority. At the moment, my full focus is on my club [Arsenal] and making sure I sort out things for next season.
“Once that’s finished, then I can really sit down with my family and have that discussion. So it’s open to both [England and Ghana] and I am not closing the door to anything.”