Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has ended speculation about his future by signing a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium, the Premier League club have announced.
The 23-year-old, who has been with the Gunners since the age of 14, had been in the final few weeks of his previous deal. Nketiah had been linked with a move to Crystal Palace but has now committed his future to Arsenal until 2027.
Nketiah scored 10 goals in all competitions in 2021-22, including five in seven Premier League matches at the end of season. He will take the number 14 shirt, recently vacated by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and previously worn by record goalscorer Thierry Henry, from next season.
Manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s website: “I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we are all about and all the values of the club. 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 person that we have in him.”
Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, said securing Nketiah’s future was important for maintaining a youthful squad. “The foundations of this squad are built on young talent and in particular those who have come through our academy system,” he said. “Eddie was released by another club as a young man but has always shown he has the attitude as well as the ability to become a top player.”