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Arsenal star’s form on loan must be a concern for Eddie Nketiah – Our View


At the start of the summer, everything looked rosy for Eddie Nketiah. He has signed a new contract with Arsenal as the club’s only striker. They have since had Gabriel Jesus, and now Arsenal star Folarin Balogun’s form might worry Nketiah.

Nketiah, 23, signed a new contract on the pretext that he would get more playing time. The reason his contract was about to expire is because he was planning to move elsewhere. But he played more before the summer.

A new deal has come – but Nketiah will have known the club were going to sign a new striker. Perhaps he would not have known the quality of the incoming attacker. Jesus arrived and was excellent, three goals and three assists in six.

This means that although Nketiah has played in all six of his side’s Premier League games, they have all come off the bench. He started in the Europa League against Zurich, getting one goal and one assist. But also, concede a penalty.

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Thus, Nketiah finds himself second choice again – something he wanted to avoid. Now, Balogun’s form in Ligue 1 with loan side Stade Reims could have him looking over his shoulder. Balogun is on fire in French football.

Balogun’s form for Reims could worry Arsenal star Nketiah

Balogun left Arsenal for the second time on loan after a decent spell at Middlesbrough, to join French side Reims. But few could have predicted how good he was – scoring five goals in seven games and providing two assists.

William Saliba switched to French football, then returned to Arsenal as a starter. Nuno Tavares is also shining at Marseille and as things stand it looks like he will have a future at the Gunners. Balogun too, given its shape.

Nketiah had plenty of chances at Arsenal. Series of games in which he shows glimpses, then dies. Balogun hasn’t had that chance yet. Maybe if Balogun continues his form, Arsenal will give Balogun a chance next season.

This will be a concern for Nketiah. Two years older than Balogun, his future may be in doubt again, with Balogun preferred if he ends up as he started. £100,000 per week Nketiah will look over his shoulder.

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