Arsenal view Eddie Nketiah as one of the players that they could use as a makeweight in their bid to sign a creative midfielder this month, according to a report from Football London.
Nketiah has not enjoyed the best start to the season with the Gunners. He has scored once in 12 Premier League games.
Admittedly, he has only started three times. And he has scored three times in the Europa League. But it is surely fair to say that he is yet to make the most of the opportunities that have come his way.
And it would appear that there is a scenario that could tempt Arsenal to let Nketiah leave this month.
According to Football London, Arsenal are keen to sign a creative midfielder. But they are aware that swap deals or loans may give them the best chance of achieving their aim.
And the report suggests that Nketiah – along with Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock – is one of the players who the club could consider using as a makeweight.
It is suggested however, that Arsenal would prefer to loan the three players out.
TBR View: Arsenal stance a reminder of task facing Nketiah
When Nketiah returned from his loan spell at Leeds last January, it appeared that the Whites may rue not using him more as they looked to secure promotion.
Nketiah was bright throughout his time at Elland Road and boasted an impressive record considering that he only managed to make two league starts.
He quickly won Arteta over. And that meant that he did not leave on another loan for the second-half of last season.
But expectations of Nketiah have now risen. And in truth, it is probably fair to say that he has not quite managed to make the desired impact.
Nketiah – who earns £45,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – will turn 22 just after the campaign concludes. He is reaching a stage in his career where more will be expected of him.
It would be a huge surprise if Arsenal were willing to let him leave permanently this month. But the suggestion that he could be a makeweight arguably highlights the task facing the striker as he looks to make the grade at the Emirates.