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‘I really like him’: Sky pundit tears into Arsenal over one player’s treatment

Graeme Souness has admitted that he’s ‘amazed’ how Arsenal have allowed someone like Eddie Nketiah to be on the brink of leaving the North Londoners this summer.

Nketiah is out of contract at Arsenal in June and, at the moment, looks to be leaving the Gunners for absolutely nothing.

The 21-year-old is an academy product at London Colney and up until a few weeks ago nobody at the Emirates Stadium had much issue with the prospect of him leaving for free.

However, Nketiah has blossomed into an excellent player these past few outings, scoring twice in a 4-2 victory over Chelsea, before also playing well in victories against Manchester United and West Ham United.

Watching him against the Hammers on Sunday, Souness claims that the youngster was Arsenal’s best player and the Scot cannot believe how they’re going to lose such a talent for free.

He told Sky Sports: “I thought Nketiah was the best player on the pitch. He always wanted to run forward. His contract has virtually run out? I’m amazed at that. He will not be short of people wanting him. I really like him.”

Right to leave

Indeed, Arsenal aren’t won’t cover themselves in glory if Nketiah does leave for free.

Clearly the England Under-21 international has a bit about him and Souness was right, he was a thorn for the Hammers in yesterday’s 2-1 victory in East London.

Since his double at Chelsea last month, Nketiah is going to be inundated with exciting offers and at this point, staying at Arsenal makes zero sense.

Yes, they’ve offered him a new deal, but clearly it isn’t in line with the player’s plans otherwise he would’ve signed it a long time ago.

And honestly, leaving remains the smart play.

Despite his form, Nketiah is going to be third-choice striker at best again for the Gunners next term, with Mikel Arteta and Edu certain to sign a couple of better number nines.

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