Nketiah scored twice as the Gunner secured a crucial 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday and helped the side capitalize on Spurs’ lost points against Liverpool on Saturday night.
The forward has led the line for the Gunners in recent weeks following Alexandre Lacazette’s injury and he has taken his chance, scoring four goals in five starts.
The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has so far turned down at least two offers from the club to stay in north London.
Nketiah wants assurances over the playing time but Arteta is unwilling to give him that as the Spaniard is keen to sign a striker this summer.
Still, Arteta has made it clear how much he loves Nketiah, saying everyone at the club “absolutely adores” him.
“He’s doing what he’s been doing all season – when he’s on the bench, at home or on the pitch,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“This boy doesn’t change, so we absolutely adore him and he deserves what’s happening to him.”
Arteta has always praised Nketiah’s skills, making his long absence from the page a mystery.
However, after today’s win, he was quick to point out that Nketiah now has the ‘right environment’ around him, which could indicate off-field issues played a role in his time away from the team.
“He still has a lot to do, but now he has the right environment and the right staff around him,” said Arteta.
“Now he can be judged by what he does on the pitch and before that he didn’t have that context.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/08/mikel-arteta-sends-message-to-arsenal-contract-rebel-eddie-nketiah-after-leeds-brace-16607657/ Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal contract rebel Eddie Nketiah after Leeds score twice