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Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes that Eddie Nketiah will eventually play regularly at Leeds United while on loan at the club, per Football.London.
The striker joined the Championship club in the summer as he looked to gain more minutes and experience away from north London.
He has struggled for game time in Yorkshire, however, and has yet to make a start in the Championship.
In his seven substitute appearances, he has managed to score twice and has also netted two in the Carabao Cup, in games against Salford City and Stoke City.
Emery, though, insists that the youngster will be given opportunities to impress by Marcelo Bielsa.
He said: “Now is not the moment. We are in October. He’s now on loan at Leeds.
“I respect his coach, his decision and I think he’s going to play more. He’s going to deserve it.
“Each match he is playing with his national team, with Leeds is very important for him and for Arsenal. Our way with him is to give him the possibility of going on loan to play and to take confidence, rhythm and experience to use in the future for us.
“He is doing that. He is playing less than we want but I am sure he is going to play more.”
Arsenal need to monitor Nketiah to ensure he is getting the playing time he so desperately needs.
As it stands, he is more regularly used as a substitute than a starter.
He is clearly a goalscorer – he netted 28 goals in 38 games for Arsenal’s U23 side and hit 15 in 16 for the U18s.
If he is to develop properly, if he is to become the striker the Gunners seem to expect him to be, he needs to play and he needs to be trusted.
As it is, he isn’t being given an opportunity; if that doesn’t change, Emery should take the difficult decision to bring the youngster back to the capital.