The striker had to wait until the match against Birmingham for his first league start and it seems that his overall lack of game time may have contributed to the decision from the Gunners.
Supporters have been reacting to the news and the responses are mixed, including some praise for the youngster and an appreciation of his efforts as well as requests that the club makes moves to replace him.
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Nketiah scored five goals during his time of Elland Road, including winners against Brentford and a late equaliser against Preston to earn valuable points for the club, which is why many fans think he was a great player to have.
Sad to see the lad go as he will be a class player for the future, but you can’t blame arsenal for recalling him. This lad needs game time. Will be sad to see him go back and hope bielsa has a signing planned to fill the void
— Martyn Norton (@martynnorton393) January 1, 2020
— APL (@Larts2504) January 1, 2020
Good luck with the future eddie were going to miss him thanks for all he has done for leeds United
— kate doubtfire (@KDoubtfire) January 1, 2020
Wasted at Leeds. All the best for the season
— Mike (@Mike69846200) January 1, 2020
His departure is certainly a blow to Leeds despite him acting as a back-up player. Fans calling for reinforcements to replace the Arsenal man is understandable considering the Whites are pushing for promotion.
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It will be interesting to see whether the loan market is used again or if the club pushes the boat out by bringing in an expensive permanent addition, possibly a player like Billy Sharp.
Time to make a big move
— Screamdelic (@Kinagol22) January 1, 2020
Question is what it club gonna do about it, need a decent replacement for both him and Clarke and failure to do anything will be indefensible
— Gary Wilson 💙💛 (@WilsonLeeds84) January 1, 2020
This transfer window club has to buy or get players on loan if we are to achieve promotion no excuses Eddie needs replacing immediately.
— madmatthew💙💛 (@TwistedMc842) January 1, 2020
Got tp get it right now,see if any has been learnt from last season
— David Michael Cox💙💚 (@gurucox) January 1, 2020
Leeds have also been linked with a move for Che Adams but Phil Hay has outlined two reasons why that could be a difficult move to pull off.