Eddie Nketiah: Arsenal forward signs new long-term contract and upgrades to No.14 shirt | Soccer News

Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal, with the striker also receiving Thierry Henry’s iconic number 14 shirt in the process.

The 22-year-old was in fine form for the Gunners at the end of last season, scoring five goals in eight appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Nketiah’s previous contract expired at the end of this month, with Sky Sports News revealing at the end of May that the striker had decided to stay at the club, despite interest from Crystal Palace and Borussia Mönchengladbach, after being convinced by Arteta to stay.

“I am delighted that Eddie is staying with us,” read a statement from Arteta on the club’s website. “He represents who we are and all the values ​​of the club.

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Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick against Sunderland with a fabulous flick that gave Arsenal a 4-1 lead in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

“We are very happy that he has extended his contract and now we have to get to work and continue to develop the great talent and the person that we have in him.”

Nketiah’s new No.14 shirt was worn by Arsenal legend Henry between 1999 and 2007, with the Frenchman scoring 228 goals for the Gunners in two separate spells.

Since then, the number has gone to strikers – with Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking over as Arsenal’s No.14. Walcott scored over 100 goals for Arsenal during his career with the Gunners, while Aubameyang netted 92 times with that number before leaving for Barcelona in January.

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Nketiah’s commitment to Arsenal is a boost for Arteta, who is also looking to bolster the Gunners’ attack with two new faces this window.

Porto confirmed the deal to sell midfielder Fabio Vieira to Arsenal from Arteta for £34million, including add-ons, in a statement on Friday.

Vieira will add creative new talent to Arsenal’s ranks, with the much-loved midfielder having bagged 14 league assists during the 2021/22 Primera Liga campaign.

Arsenal are yet to announce the signing, but Vieira was reportedly in north London on Thursday for a medical.

The Gunners have since cooled their interest in Youri Tielemans, making it more likely that the Belgian midfielder will sign a one-year contract extension at Leicester.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are ‘cautiously optimistic’ about reaching a deal for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

The north London club worked nearly six months with striker Marcello Pettinati’s representative to ensure they were in pole position to sign him as a Premier League champion this summer.

Jesus has indicated his desire to move to the Emirates in early June and the only hurdle so far has been the distance between the two clubs’ valuations.

Arsenal fixtures in the Premier League 2022/23

Arsenal Calendar 2022/23
Arsenal Calendar 2022/23

Arsenal will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at Crystal Palace on August 5, live on Friday Night Football.

Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, next host Leicester City on August 13 before traveling to newly-promoted Bournemouth on August 20.

The Gunners’ first North London derby will take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, while the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will take place early in the New Year on January 14.

Arsenal’s last game before the season’s break for the Winter World Cup will be away to Wolves on the weekend of 12/13 November. They will then return to action on Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.

The final day of the Premier League season is May 28, when Arsenal will close out their home campaign against Wolves.

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