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Mikel Arteta praised Eddie Nketiah after Arsenal beat Everton 5-1

Mikel Arteta has praised Eddie Nketiah and labelled him terrific after the striker rounded off the campaign with another goal on the final day of the season for Arsenal – in comments reported by Football London.

It was a disappointing end to the campaign for the Gunners. Ultimately, Mikel Arteta’s side had to settle for fifth spot and a place in the Europa League next year.

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They did end the season on a high. Arsenal thrashed Everton 5-1 at the Emirates, with Nketiah getting amongst the goals for the Gunners.

It could, of course, prove to be Nketiah’s final game for Arsenal. His contract expires in the summer. And reports have claimed that he has looked increasingly likely to leave.

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But he added a fifth league goal in his last seven Premier League games in the victory over the Toffees. And Arteta insisted that he is delighted with the impact the forward has made in recent months.

“When you see Eddie training the way he trains, he doesn’t even need to play. You know you have a player there who is going to help you and he’s done that – look at his numbers with the amount of games he’s played. It’s terrific,” he said, as reported by Football London.

“I will speak to the three players now or tomorrow and after that we need to start to move but we have clear ideas of what we want to do.”

Arteta praised Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah now faces an incredibly tough decision. He has done brilliantly of late. However, it is hard to see the 22-year-old being first-choice at the Emirates next year.

Arsenal will surely sign a marquee striker. And with that, Nketiah faces being relegated to second choice once again if he stays.

Opportunities would certainly come in Europe. But Nketiah will now weigh up the offers that come his way.

Arteta clearly hopes that he could yet decide to stay at Arsenal.

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