Paul Merson urges Arsenal’s hat-trick hero Eddie Nketiah to stay at the club, with young striker told to sign a new contract after snubbing latest deal and ‘have faith’ that he will ‘star’ for Mikel Arteta’s side
- Arsenal brushed past Sunderland 5-1 to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals
- Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick to stake his spot for a regular starting berth
- His future is uncertain, with the ace having turned down the latest contract offer
- But Paul Merson is keen for him to sign the fresh terms and stay at the Emirates
Paul Merson has urged Eddie Nketiah to commit his future to Arsenal, after the youngster scored a superb hat-trick in the Carabao Cup victory against Sunderland.
Poacher Nketiah was found in formidable form at the Emirates, with his trio downing the League One side and helping to secure the Gunners’ spot in the semi-finals.
But it is unclear where his long-term future lies, and Merson has now advised him to stay put for at least another couple of seasons to continue his development.
Paul Merson has urged Eddie Nketiah to stay at Arsenal after his Carabao Cup hat-trick heroics
‘My advice would be, I’d say stick here. Stick here for two, three more years. He’s a kid, he’s got plenty of years left,’ the former Arsenal man said on Sky Sports.
‘He’s only going to get better and better. This is the place. You weigh it up. You probably go to a bottom half Premier League team.
‘You sit and play on scraps, going on away games and not even getting shots on target. You’ve got to weigh all that kind of stuff up.
Merson has backed young striker Nketiah to get ‘better and better’ and flourish at the Emirates
Nketiah’s (L) three goals saw Arsenal beat Sunderland to reach the competition’s semi-finals
‘I know he wants to play football now, of course he does.
‘There’s not a lot of 20-year-old kids leading the line in the Premier League at the moment. This kid is a good player.
‘He should have faith in his ability that he will get a star for Arsenal. Just stick around.’
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Nketiah had turned down Arsenal’s latest contract offer, although his club have refused to concede defeat.
Mikel Arteta has publicly admitted to wanting Nketiah to sign fresh terms and stay at the club
Currently, his deal expires next summer, and Mikel Artea has spoken publicly about his desire to keep the talented 22-year-old.
It is understood that the ace’s priority is to play regularly, and that he would be willing to place this over simply securing improved terms.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being dropped and stripped of the captaincy has opened the door for Nketiah to start in the Premier League, however.
But despite this, Sportsmail revealed that the frontman had informed Arsenal that he wants to leave the club.
Sportsmail reported that Nketiah turned down the latest offer in his bid for more game time
Borussia Monchengladbach are among his admirers, and Nketiah will be able to arrange a pre-contract with a foreign club from January 1.
Arsenal may also be willing to agree a cut-price deal for him next month in a final attempt to cash in, instead of losing him for free.
Crystal Palace have also kept tabs on his situation.