London: Striker Eddie Nketiah has agreed on a brand new long-term contract with Arsenal, the English soccer membership confirmed on Saturday.
The 23-year-old, who was attributable to be out of contract on the finish of the month, has made 92 first-team appearances and scored 23 targets since his first-team debut for the Gunners in 2017. He completed final season in good kind, beginning Arsenal’s final eight league video games and scoring 5 targets.
“I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we’re all about and all of the values of the membership,” mentioned supervisor Mikel Arteta in a press release.
“We’re very comfortable that he has prolonged his contract and now we’ve to get to work and proceed to develop the good expertise and person who we’ve in him,” he added.
Arsenal haven’t disclosed the size of Nketiah’s new deal, as a substitute of describing it as “long-term”. The Londoner can even put on Thierry Henry’s iconic No. 14 shirt subsequent season, having beforehand worn quantity 30.
Nketiah’s new No. 14 shirt was worn by Arsenal legend Henry between 1999 and 2007, with the Frenchman scoring 228 targets for the Gunners in two separate spells. Since then, the quantity has been given to strikers — with Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking on the mantle as Arsenal’s No. 14. Walcott scored over 100 Arsenal targets in his Gunners profession, whereas Aubameyang netted 92 occasions with that quantity earlier than departing for Barcelona in January.
Nketiah, who marked his house debut with two targets towards Norwich Metropolis within the Carabao Cup in 2017 and featured within the FA Cup and Group Defend-winning groups in 2020, can also be the England Beneath-21s all-time high scorer with 16 targets in 17 appearances and captained the facet that gained the 2021 European Beneath-21 Championships.
Arsenal will begin their 2022/23 Premier League marketing campaign away at Crystal Palace on August 5. Arteta’s facet, who completed fifth within the Premier League final time period, will then host Leicester Metropolis on August 13 earlier than travelling to the newly-promoted Bournemouth on August 20.