According to the BBC, Eddie Nketiah may leave Arsenal on loan this summer. A number of clubs are said to be interested in taking on the 20-year-old striker, including Championship outfit Bristol City.
On paper, the move makes sense for the promising youngster. He has enjoyed an impressive pre-season, so interest in him is high. At the same time, his first team opportunities at the Emirates Stadium are likely to be limited. With the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and new club record £72 million signing Nicolas Pepe ahead of him in the pecking order, game time will be hard to come by.
That being said, Unai Emery should still insist on retaining the England under-20 international’s services until January at least. In all likelihood, Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette will regularly all be included in the starting XI. That means that there will be room for Nketiah on the bench. On top of that, the Europa League group stages and early Carabao Cup rounds should provide a stage for the academy graduate to feature in the starting line up.
With the group stages of the European competition and the bulk of the Carabao Cup over with by January, the winter transfer market represents the ideal time to allow Nketiah to go out on loan. He can then enjoy regular league football elsewhere, but will also have had the benefit of more Arsenal experience.