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Eddie Nketiah signs new long-term contract and switches to No 14 shirt

Sat 18 June 2022 | 12:37

Eddie Nketiah signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal. As part of the deal, the striker was given Thierry Henry's famous number 14 shirt.

The 22-year-old was in fine form for the Gunners at the end of last season, scoring five goals in eight matches 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 forward had decided to stay at the club, despite interest from

Crystal Palace

and

Borussia Monchengladbach

, after being convinced by Arteta to remain.

"I'm delighted Eddie is staying with us," a statement from Arteta read on the club's website. "He represents what we are all about and all the values of the club. "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 person we have in him."

Eddie Nketia

h'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 been given to strikers - with Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking over the mantle as Arsenal's No 14. Walcott scored over 100 Arsenal goals in his Gunners career, while Aubameyang netted 92 times with that number before departing for Barcelona in January. 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.

In a statement on Friday, Porto confirmed the deal to sell midfielder

Fabio Vieira

to Arteta'sArsenal for £34m, including add-ons. Vieira will add creative talent to Arsenal's ranks, with the highly-rated midfielder having laid on a league-high 14 assists in the 2021/22 Primera Liga campaign.

Arsenal are yet to announce the signing, but Vieira was understood to have been in north London on Thursday for a medical. The Gunners have since cooled their interest in Youri Tielemans, making it more likely the Belgium midfielder will sign a one-year contract extension at Leicester.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are "cautiously optimistic" about getting a deal for Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus over the line. The north London club put in nearly six months of work with the forward's representative Marcello Pettinati to ensure they were in pole position to recruit him from the Premier League champions this summer.

Jesus indicated his desire to move to the Emirates at the start of June and the only hindrance so far has been the distance between the valuations of both clubs.


source: SportMob

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