Arsenal manager Unai Emery has emphasised that his club remain calm surrounding the current situation of striker Eddie Nketiah at Leeds United.

The Gunners youngster is once of the most highly-rated youth players from the Emirates Stadium setup and is currently out on loan with Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites outfit.

However, first-team opportunities for Nketiah at Leeds have been at a premium as Patrick Bamford has been preferred to the Premier League man.

“Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said Emery, according to a report which was published by Goal.

“He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.

“I think he [Nketiah] is going to play more because he is going to deserve it.

“Each match he is playing with his national team, with Leeds, I think is very important for him and also for Arsenal because our way with him is to give him the possibility of going on loan to play, to take confidence and experience to use in the future for us.

“He is maybe playing less than we want, but I’m sure that he is going to play more.”

Despite the lack of starts at Leeds, Nketiah has shown plenty of potential so far this season.

He bagged a hat-trick for the England U-21 side during the international break while he has also managed to score two goals from eight appearances for the Whites in the Championship so far this season.

With Nketiah not playing as much football at Leeds as his parent club would surely like, there will be speculation that Arsenal could look to bring the player back to their club in January.

If the rising star was to come back to the Emirates, he would struggle to get game time due to the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette within the club’s ranks.

It would not make sense to keep him within the Gunners first-team.

Due to his form for Leeds and England U21s so far however, there will likely be many clubs from England and perhaps also Scotland that would be interested in taking him on during the second half of the season.

Should Nketiah’s situation at Elland Road fail to improve soon, then Arsenal should look to recall him from loan in January.


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