Good morning, hope you and yours are nicely this Sunday.
The primary story is the contract extension signed by Eddie Nketiah and officially announced yesterday. Mikel Arteta says:
I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we’re all about and all of the values of the membership. We’re very blissful that he has prolonged his contract and now we’ve to get to work and proceed to develop the good expertise and person who we’ve in him.
And to be honest, the supervisor has constantly stated he’d wish to maintain Eddie, so this isn’t a deal based mostly on the objectives he scored in the previous couple of video games of the season. Nonetheless, given the best way his contract was operating down, and the participant’s need to get extra common soccer, it seemed as if he’d go away on a Bosman.
I’ll admit I assumed he would go for these causes, however clearly he looks like he can fulfill his ambitions right here. I suppose with any contract negotiation the membership has to current some type of plan to a participant and his agent about what sort of function they see for him, which isn’t essentially the identical as being given assurances, however everyone knows we’ve bought plenty of soccer subsequent season with the return of Europe, the power to make use of 5 subs too, so there will probably be plenty of enjoying time. Additionally – not that the 2 issues are instantly related – however Eddie’s agent is Bukayo Saka’s agent, so maybe getting this deal achieved augurs nicely for the extension we’d all wish to see occur this summer season.
Clearly Arsenal are nonetheless after the #1 striker, the hyperlinks to Gabriel Jesus persist and I feel most individuals anticipate that deal to get achieved. That leaves Eddie because the back-up possibility, and nonetheless with loads to show. That spell on the finish of the season, with 5 objectives in seven video games, was respectable (virtually like he’d listened to a motivational podcast or one thing), however the subsequent step in his profession is to supply on a extra constant foundation.
Within the podcast he did with The Beautiful Game, he was fairly up entrance, saying (and I’m paraphrasing right here), ‘If I get a run of begins and don’t rating, honest sufficient, I’ll be the primary to confess I’ve blown my likelihood’. However he bought that run of begins, scored objectives and seemed extra harmful, so hopefully that’s one thing he can construct on. He’s solely simply gone 23, and there’s apparent room for enchancment.
He’s additionally taken the quantity 14 and good luck to him. If individuals are livid about that, they should run their heads beneath some chilly water and go outdoors for some time. It’s only a quantity. I imply, if you happen to come to me complaining that William Gallas, a Chelsea centre-half, has simply taken 10 the season after Dennis Bergkamp retired, then I’m with you all the best way, comrade. That’s an abomination of gargantuan proportions, and I’ll march to the ends of the earth in protest, however a younger Arsenal striker – a fan who has come by way of the Academy too – taking 14, come on.
Right here’s Eddie:
I grew up as an Arsenal fan, it was in my household – my dad had grown up as an Arsenal fan so it was all the time there. Thierry enjoying there after I was actually younger, these are my first recollections.
So why on earth wouldn’t he need that quantity? And why shouldn’t he have it? Positive, Thierry Henry wore it, however so too did Martin Keown, and a solid of luminaries in our historical past. It’s not as if we retired it or something.
It’s such errant nonsense, and I used to be going to say I can’t consider individuals are getting indignant about it, however then the Web is the place the place individuals simply need to be indignant at stuff that basically doesn’t matter within the grand scheme of issues. Final season Emile Smith Rowe took on the duty of the quantity 10 shirt and I didn’t hear something like this, or that it was tarnishing the legacy of Dennis Bergkamp, so why ought to or not it’s any completely different for Eddie Nketiah?
When Smith Rowe moved to 10, Arteta stated one thing concerning the weight of that quantity due to who had worn it earlier than, and he rose to that ‘problem’. I’m certain Eddie will really feel equally. In the long run a participant is judged by what he does on the pitch, not what quantity he’s carrying, however I’m certain he’ll be motivated to do justice to the 14 worn by his childhood hero.
As I stated above, I feel there’s nonetheless loads for him to do to show himself – not least as a result of the pattern measurement is sort of small – however let’s hope he can do it as a result of if it really works for Eddie, it really works for Arsenal and that’s the principle factor.
Have an important Sunday of us.