Former player and Arsenal legend Paul Merson has slammed the club’s decision to hand Eddie Nketiah a new contract ahead of the upcoming season.
The said to be Ghanaian striker was set to be a free agent this summer, but despite interest elsewhere, he penned fresh terms with the Gunners until 2027, after impressing Arteta. It is believed the deal is worth £100,000 a week.
However one person not impressed with him is Merson. To him he believes Arsenal should have looked elsewhere to bolster their attack and claims that Nketiah wouldn’t start for relegation-struggling sides in the Premier League.
Speaking to the daily star, this is what he said:
All Arsenal have got up front right now is Eddie Nketiah, who recently signed a new contract when it looked like he might leave.
And no disrespect to Nketiah but Mikel Arteta must realise he won’t get you into the top four. Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact.
Nketiah can’t be spearheading your Champions League push. He’s not getting in ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison at Everton and they almost got relegated.
He’s not getting in at Fulham ahead of Aleksandr Mitrovic and they’ve only just been promoted. I’m not having a go at him but he’s not getting you top four.