ARSENAL. Split on what to do with excellent young Nketiah. Transfer team want to loan. Coach would like to stay. BRISTOL CITY head the queue. CARDIFF also keen as move for foreign striker falters.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 4, 2019
The 18-year-old is currently behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order, while the arrival of Gabriel Martinelli could also threaten his chances.
While manager Unai Emery wants to hold on to Nketiah, Arsenal’s transfer team believes loaning him out will do his development a lot of good, and it’s a move former striker Ian Wright subscribes to.
The Gunners legend replied to a report linking the academy graduate with a Swansea loan move thus on Twitter:
Loan needs to happen. He's ready and needs to play! Loan to Germany should have happened last season. It's my worry for all younger ones – if we don't start well they getting no time!!!!
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 5, 2019
Nketiah featured just nine times for Arsenal last term, scoring once, and mainly had to play for the under-23’s to keep up his fitness.
He remains a hugely talented prospect and was in fine form for Emery’s side during pre-season, but needs to play regularly this season, and that opportunity is only available on loan at a Championship side.