[풋볼리스트] Reporter Yoon Hyo-yong = ‘Shinseong’ Eddie Nketia (23) has successfully renewed his long-term contract with Arsenal.
Arsenal announced on the club’s website on the 19th (Korean time) that “a new era is dawning. Ntetia has signed a long-term renewal contract.”
Nketia grew up in Arsenal’s youth team and successfully established himself in the first team. He has been playing for Arsenal since the age of 14, making his first-team debut in 2017. He is proving his potential with 23 goals in 92 games for the first team. He is a central striker whose quick feet and link play are his strengths.
The performance in the second half of last season was particularly outstanding. He did not play early in the season due to an injury, but since January he has increased his playing time, scoring five goals and one assist. His multi-goal impact was particularly strong against Chelsea. Since then, he has scored two goals against Leeds United and one against Everton.
The jersey number has also changed with this renewal of the contract. In the 2021-2022 season, he wore number 30 on the ground, but from the next season he will play wearing number 14. 14 is the number Thierry Henry used in the past.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “I am delighted that Nketia will continue to be with us. He represents the things we want and the values of the club. I am very happy to extend his contract with him. To develop a great talent and as a person. I will try,” he said.
Arsenal Technical Commissioner Edudo said: “Arsenal’s squad is made up of young talents who have come through the youth system. Nketia came from a different club as a child but showed the ability and attitude to become the best player ever. He signed a new contract I’m happy to do it. It’s an important part of our squad.”
Meanwhile, Nketia has a chance to participate in the World Cup with Ghana’s national team. Nketia has dual Ghanaian and British citizenship. He played for the England national team by age, but was not part of the England A team. Accordingly, the possibility of changing nationality to Ghana again and stepping on the World Cup stage is being raised. Nketia’s joining the Ghana national team, which has improved her skills, is expected to pose a great threat to Korea as well.
Photo = Captured from Arsenal’s official website