Treble hero Eddie Nketiah insists he’s just ‘desperate to play’ as he nears Arsenal exit, but boss Mikel Arteta vows to try and keep the ‘important forward ” of the club
Wantaway Eddie Nketiah reiterated that he just wanted the chance to play after the Arsenal forward scored a hat-trick in the demolition of the Carabao Cup in Sunderland.
The 22-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he will be free to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January.
The England Under-21 forward wants more playing time and reportedly rejected a new contract offer earlier this month.
Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah holds the match ball after his hat-trick against Sunderland
After scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Sunderland on Tuesday night, he told Sky Sports: “I’m desperate to play football, every player wants to play. All I can do is keep playing. work hard. It will work out on its own, I hope I get some opportunities.
“I can’t wait to play football, I’m here under contract and as long as I’m playing for Arsenal I’ll give it my all. If the manager needs me I’ll be ready to help the team.
“This competition is where I started, whenever I’m asked to play I’ll do my best and help the team. I’m ready when the manager needs me.
Arsenal boss Arteta has insisted he wants Nketiah to stay with the Gunners.
Nketiah (L) ‘s three goals helped Arsenal beat Sunderland to reach the semi-finals of the competition
“I’ve been very consistent with what I think of Eddie, how much we love him and his contribution to the team every time he plays has been the best,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“The only thing is he wants more minutes. It is his desire. I really want him to stay here and that’s what we’re trying to do. Eddie is a really important part of the team.
Nketiah thanked his teammates after scoring his first senior treble.
Mikel Arteta has publicly admitted that he wants Nketiah to sign new terms and stay at the club
‘It’s a great feeling. I want to say a big thank you to my teammates. I had some really good assists today, I just had to be in the right place.
“It’s good to get my first hat-trick for Arsenal in the senior squad. It’s nice, that interaction. You can’t beat it, have fans in the stadium.
“Happy to move on to the next round. Scoring a few goals was good. We all started off a bit sloppy, but then we scored the goal. We could have played better in the first half. We bonded and improved in the second half.