Despite emerging as one of the real shining lights of Arsenal’s pre-season this summer, it appears Eddie Nketiah could be spending the upcoming season away from the Emirates.
The highly-rated 20-year-old burst onto the scene in north London with a dramatic brace against Norwich in the League Cup, but has found first-team opportunities rather hard to come by.
Now, BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein has tweeted that Bristol City, amongst a host of other domestic and foreign clubs, are in talks to sign the striker this summer on a potential season-long loan deal. Leeds also want the forward, per BBC.
After hearing the news Nketiah could be set for a spell away, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the update.
Some Gunners supporters thought a season of regular minutes in senior football would do the young prospect the world of good, and backed him to enjoy a similarly impressive campaign as when Jack Wilshere moved to Bolton back in 2010.
Others however raised concerns over how Unai Emery’s side would potentially be left without a back-up striker if Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe all start together.
Check out some of the divided reaction of Arsenal fans below:
Good. He needs to be playing weekly.
— UpTheArse3 (@UpTheArse3) 6 August 2019
Would love to see what Eddie could do playing properly throughout the season.
I would compare it to when Wilshere went to Bolton
— ™️ (@EmeryBallEra) 6 August 2019
Shame Nketiah is going on loan. I think at the start of pre season he thought he was going to stay and was all excited
— Eddie Longbridge (@EddieLongbridge) 6 August 2019
A year away playing regular football will do more for him than 10 mins here & there plus a few league cup run outs.
— Freddo *Not a chocolate Frog (@FplFreddo) 6 August 2019
Frustrating as I feel going into the season with just two established strikers is risky and Eddie could’ve been a great impact player but he needs constant game time so good luck to him!
— ADEBOATENG (@DrumzAdeBass) 6 August 2019
If we plan to start auba laca pepe we wont have a back up striker!
— dr mufasa (@mufasa_gooner) 6 August 2019
That’s a shame, but hopefully he’ll be a regular starter there and will come back a better player
— Sam Ferguson (@Ferguson__96) 6 August 2019
Oh no! Not Eddie pic.twitter.com/Om1utDu3K1
— Carter D’Legend (@Carterdlegend) 6 August 2019