Nketiah signs new deal with Arsenal and gets number 14 shirt


Young striker Eddie Nketiah will wear Arsenal’s iconic number 14 shirt next season after signing a long-term contract, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.

The 23-year-old joined Arsenal as a teenager and made 92 first-team appearances, scoring 23 goals.

It was only last season, however, that Nketiah began to make a name for himself in the Arsenal attack, scoring five goals in his last eight Premier League appearances.

The contract is a reward for his form and handing him shirt 14, the number worn by big club Thierry Henry, shows the confidence that Mikel Arteta has in him.

Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also wore 14.

“I’m delighted that Eddie is staying with us. He represents who we are and all the values ​​of the club,” Arteta said.

“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 the person that we have in him.”

Nketiah, who has moved up the pecking order at Arsenal following the departures of experienced strikers Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, will be hoping to follow teammates Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe to the England side.

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He is yet to earn a senior cap but is England’s all-time leading Under-21 goalscorer with 16 goals in 17 appearances.


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