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Kolasinac Injured, Nketiah Stays and Au-ban Upheld

Kolasinac injury

Sead Kolasinac has had his fair share of injuries since he joined the club, and this disrupted his chances of nailing a first team berth in the league. He had a consistent run out at the start of this season following Kieran Tierney injury problems and the club’s decision to offload Mr. Consistency himself, Nacho Monreal to Real Sociedad. 

Kolasinac managed to feature in 14 Premier League games, creating two assists for his teammates, but with Tierney suffering yet another injury that sidelined him till March, Kolasinac expected to continue his good run of games in the side, supporting his team from the left flank. However, the Bosnian is set to miss this weekend’s game against Sheffield United due to a thigh strain,

With the crucial clash against Chelsea coming just two days after the Sheffield game, we would not expect Kolasinac to start that game. His injury will give a chance for Bukayo Saka to feature as a make-shift full back, a position the youngster is not too comfortable with. 

Speaking of youngsters, Eddie Nketiah expected to make a loan move to Bristol City, after we wondered what the future held for him. His manager, Mikel Arteta, got a glimpse of him in recent training sessions and concluded that he will stay at the club for the rest of the season, rather than a loan spell for more match experience.

There are mixed feelings on the club’s decision to keep Nketiah for the remainder of the campaign. On one end, it was essential to give a talented youngster some much needed game time, as he did not play as much as expected in Leeds United, before the loan spell was recalled. On the other hand, Aubameyang’s suspension and Alexandre Lacazette’s poor form must have forced the manager’s hand to keep Nketiah.

The Gunners were hopeful that Aubameyang’s ban would be reduced, but the FA confirmed that he will serve his three-match suspension. This is a major setback to the club as the Gunners will have to cope without their talisman for the next three games. 


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Nketiah celebrating goal for Leeds United

Eddie Nketiah burst into the scene with that brace in the League Cup game against Norwich a couple of seasons ago. He scored goals for the Arsenal Reserves with such regularity and it was a case of sooner, than later for the fans to get a glimpse of his ability as a predator in front of goal.

He was odds on to make a loan move to German outfit, Augsburg, but Danny Welbeck’s unfortunate long term injury made the club reverse their decision to send him out on loan, so that he could serve as a back up forward. Fast forward to the final Premier League game of last season, where he came on as a sub and scored his first goal in the competition, much to the delight of the Arsenal faithful.

Eddie Nketiah put up a composed performance, albeit a cameo and the fans want him to get that much deserved loan spell so that his we could monitor his progress. At the end of that campaign, Bristol City, Augsburg and Charlton Athletic declared their intentions in making a loan offer for Nketiah, but the confident forward expressed his desire to remain in the club and fight for his place in the first team against the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette,

“My ideal scenario is to play here, I want to play here next season but we have to see how that goes. I am confident enough in my ability that I am good enough to play here so I have just got to work hard and show the manager that I can. My aim is to play for Arsenal, that is my goal and my aim since I was a kid.”

“It is great to have two of the best strikers in the world around you and learn from them every day. I’m just progressing, trying to catch them and make the gap smaller and smaller.”

There was some excitement and fanfare when Nketiah joined Leeds United, the team that missed out on promotion last season, and there was some additional buzz when he decided to wear #14 in honor of his footballing idol, Thierry Henry.

August was a month to remember for Eddie Nketiah, as he scored three goals in his first four games for the club despite playing a handful of minutes. Even with this rich vein of form, the Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, still favored Patrick Bamford, but it did not matter to Eddie as he scored his fourth goal for the club in just six appearances.

These goals in August did not faze Bielsa, as Eddie Nketiah continued to feature as a fringe player with 76 minutes from a possible 270 in September 2019 and 130 minutes from a possible 360 in October 2019. He missed out on a lengthy injury layoff in November and he amassed 178 minutes from a possible 450 in December 2019. These numbers are not pleasant for a lad that deserves to play consistent football with the likes of Charlton or Bristol City, if they had him in their ranks.

After what I would regard as a torrid time with Leeds, Arsenal pulled the plug on his loan spell there and Mikel Arteta confirmed that he will have meetings with the Arsenal hierarchy on the next line of action for the striker. The forward took to Twitter to send his appreciation to the club, which showed some class.

So what is next for this young forward? I would say another loan move to a club that he will play consistent football because the potential is there, but these gems like Eddie Nketiah flourish under the right conditions.

Arsenal will not offer him that platform at the moment, so one would hope that Raul Sanllehi, Edu Gaspar and Ben Knapper would find the appropriate brooding ground for Nketiah.

During pre-season we witnessed a glimpse of his quality, and his loan spell, albeit disappointing, showed his capabilities even in an environment he did not get the right opportunity to thrive well.

I wish Eddie Nketiah the best in his future endeavors, and I am hopeful he would find a decent lower division outfit were he would feature on a regular basis and do what he does best – score goals.


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Who is Eddie Nketiah???

Edward Keddar Nketiah is an English professional footballer that currently plays as a forward for Arsenal London. At only 18 years-old, he managed to score in what was his first kick ever in Arsenal’s jersey and helped the gunners win their cup contest against Norwich.

He made his debut with Arsenal in the Europa league against Bate Borisov, replacing Joe Willock in the 72nd minute in what was a great 4-2 victory for the gunners.  If you’re interested in learning more about this 18-years-old striker that may just be the future for Arsenal’s attack, keep reading this article.

Started Football at Chelsea

Eddie first got into the world of professional football at Chelsea, the life-long London rivals of Arsenal. He progressed through Chelsea’s ranks step by step and everything seemed to work out just fine for the youngster, however, in 2015 he was told that he won’t continue his career there. This was the cue for Arsenal that immediately invited Eddie for a trial and only a week later he was signed by them on scholarship forms.

Climbing the Ladder

Now playing for the team he was a fan of ever since he was a little kid, Nketiah started to climb the ladder and after a short period, he earned his spot in the U18 Arsenal team. His talent was quickly catching the eye of Arsenal bosses and the fact that he started to score in almost every game also helped his ascension towards the first team. His stats were remarkable for the U18 team, Eddie scoring 24 goals in the 28 matches he played for the Gunners.

His impressive form during the U18 season made him the perfect candidate for the jump to the U23 for the 2016-217 campaign. Again, he kept his form and scored more than 20 goals, a performance that won him a spot in the team that went to play for the pre-season tour in Australia and China. There Eddie made his appearance in matches against Sydney FC, Bayern Munchen or even his former team, Chelsea.

It was only natural that, after such a good run in his first years with Arsenal, Eddie was rewarded with his first professional contract that he signed in September 2016. As if it wasn’t already very clear, this is the moment when he officially committed to Arsenal on long-term. Totally aware of the importance of signing this contract, Nketiah declared that he signed it by working hard and always trying to improve. He also said that he’ll keep doing the same thing since the goal is to become a regular in the first team and really make an impact on Arsenal’s play.

What Does the Future Hold?

Since he is already training with the first team on a regular basis, the questions about his future at the club are just a natural follow-up. Having already scored two goals for Arsenal’s main team after coming from the bench, Eddie seems like the perfect solution for Wenger in times of need. But even so, the club must surely have a well-devised plan for his future since you can’t just let a diamond like that fade away.

The usual approach in situations like this one is to keep playing him in the first team as a substitute and, when the time comes, going for a loan so that he can gather more minutes in the first eleven of another Premier League team. This seems like the best move for Arsenal in the development of what could be their next big star, Eddie Nketiah.

Support from Thierry Henry

Even former Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry is totally ready to make a bet regarding the strength and future of Eddie Nketiah. The Frenchman that worked with Eddie at the U18 team had enough time to observe the development and sheer talent of the youngster and stated that he is certain Nketiah will be able to score goals even when he will turn 60. Henry continued the praises towards the youngster and said that Eddie is a great kid with awesome skills. He was always on time, hard-working and always eager to learn and improve.

When you get so much praise from a player like Henry, you really must be doing something right. And if you thought that’s already a lot of recognition, you might want to wait and hear what else the Frenchman had to say about Eddie. In an interview he said that even though Nketiah isn’t a fancy player, he is very efficient and lethal in front of goal and it just seems that every time he gets on the field, he will definitely score.

So, it seems that the world of football just got another rising star in the person of Eddie Nketiah and only time will tell what his mark on international football will be. Either if Arsenal decides to give him a shot in the first team or decides to continue with a loan to another Premier League team where the youngster can gain some more experience, one thing is certain: we are witnessing the birth of what can be the biggest star of English football. It’s only up to him to stay focused and avoid being pulled-aside by all the media attention he is now receiving.

This brilliant article was written by Alex Norwood, a huge football faN

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