Thursday, 31 January 2019

Arsenal player told he is NEEDED after Carrasco and Perisic deals collapse… he’s NOT happy

ARSENAL manager Unai Emery has had to convince Eddie Nketiah he must stay instead of going out on loan.

The Gunners cannot afford to let the young forward leave, given their failure to add further reinforcements.

Winger Denis Suarez has been brought in from Barcelona on loan with an option to buy.

But two further top attacking targets in Yannick Carrasco and Ivan Perisic proved unobtainable on Arsenal budget.

Emery had made it clear the club could not afford to pay for permanent deals or commit to obligations to buy in January.

That ultimately saw Dalian Yifang and Inter Milan reject Arsenal’s loan proposals for Carrasco and Perisic respectively.

Arsenal are short of options out wide for the second half of the season and have a host of injuries in their squad.

As a result, The Sun say 19-year-old Nketiah has been told he is still needed at the Emirates moving forward this term.

A host of Championship clubs have pursued the Gunners’ academy product on loan.

Eddie Nketiah is staying at Arsenal for the remainder of the season (Pic: GETTY)

“Augsburg hoped to secure a deadline day deal to take him to Germany”

And Bundesliga outfit Augsburg hoped to secure a deadline day deal to take him to Germany.

England Under-21 ace Nketiah, though, had to see that potential switch scrapped.

Reiss Nelson is already out on a season-long loan at Hoffenheim. 

Emile Smith Rowe, another of Arsenal’s talented young wingers, followed Nelson to Germany today and signed on loan for RB Leipzig.

Nketiah will instead stay and provide back-up to Emery’s frontmen such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Suarez, Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Danny Welbeck is sidelined for the season through injury.

The Sun add Nketiah has become frustrated as he has only played five times for the first team this term.

His last appearance came in the FA Cup at Blackpool at the start of January, but Emery was left with little choice.

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