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Arsenal striker all but confirms transfer plans with latest contract negotiation

Arsenal striker all but confirms transfer plans with latest contract negotiation

Arsenal need a striker

Arsenal’s transfer business next season seems to be strongly predicated on the need for a striker.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled in front of goal so far this season, with his latest high-profile miss against Newcastle United at the weekend summing up his difficulties at present.

Meanwhile, both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal’s other two senior strikers, are out of contract in the summer. Gabriel Martinelli can be utilised through the middle, but is a winger by trade, although he provided a striker’s finish at the weekend.

This leaves only Folarin Balogun able to operate through the middle, and despite continuing to impress at underage level, he has made just one senior Premier League appearance, suggesting that perhaps he is not ready to assume the Aubameyang mantle just yet.

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And now, one striker has made his feelings very clear.

Nketiah confirms he wants out

Now, as per the latest reports, Eddie Nketiah has rejected the offer of a new contract, instead choosing to depart the club in search of first team football.

According to the generally reliable outlet The Athletic:

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“The Premier League club offered the 22-year-old an extension to his existing contract on Tuesday, only for the striker to reject the offer on Wednesday.” 

Where he goes remains a mystery, although:

“There is no shortage of interest in Nketiah, with Borussia Monchengladbach among the German clubs monitoring his situation. French side Nice are weighing up a move, while there is also interest from Italy.”

Should he remain in England, Arsenal will receive a fee via a tribunal, but they will get nothing should he move abroad.

Will this come back to bite the Gunners?

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