Report: Arsenal 'angry' with Leeds and ready to pull plug on Nketiah deal
Leeds United might not be planning much action in the January transfer window, but there’s one story that won’t go away.
The Daily Mail is the latest outlet to report that Arsenal will recall Eddie Nketiah in the January window but they’ve ratcheted up the rhetoric, saying that the Gunners are “angry” over the lack of game time their striker has had at Elland Road.
Nketiah still hasn’t started in the Championship but there’s a touch of the unfortunate about that as he was due to start against QPR but picked up an injury the day before in training.
Nektiah is back now but Patrick Bamford is in a rich vein of form and he’s undoubtedly the number one striker under Marcelo Bielsa. It will take a lot to change that.
Arsenal know that Nketiah would be starting every week in most other Championship games and Bristol City are still interested after missing out on him in the summer.
That would be a double blow – weakening Leeds while directly strengthening one of their promotion rivals.
Unai Emery had previously said that Arsenal were okay with how Nketiah was getting on but Freddie Ljungberg has hinted that all is not well behind the scenes at the Emirates.
He was quoted in the Mail report as saying, “I need to be careful [what I say] but I think Eddie is a great player. If he goes on loan we want him to play football and get minutes otherwise they can maybe be here.
‘I feel a bit sorry for him because he is a great player and the future of this club. When he has had his chance he scores goals and that’s what he is about.'”
That doesn’t sound good for Leeds.
This isn’t the first report that’s said Arsenal will likely recall the striker in January. And as Nketiah is unlikely to start between now and December 29th, unless Bamford is injured, we’re starting to get a bad feeling about it.
If he does go, Leeds will need to replace him but we’re struggling to think of another striker who would be willing to play understudy in the Championship who is as good as the Arsenal youngster.
It’s hard to blame Bielsa though. Who knows where Leeds would be without Bamford?
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