Eddie Nketiah has agreed to a new long-term contract with Arsenal.
The 22-year-old was expected to leave North London this summer, but the club recently offered him a new contract.
It was reported last month that his new contract is expected to pay £100,000 per week, more than doubling his previous salary.
Mikel Arteta said in a statement on the official Arsenal website: “Eddie’s presence is greatly appreciated. He embodies everything we stand for and all of the club’s values.” We are delighted that he has extended his contract; now we must get to work and continue to develop the exceptional talent and person that we have in him.”
“The foundations of this squad are built on young talent, particularly those who have come through our Academy system,” added technical director Edu. Eddie was released by another club as a young man, but he has always demonstrated the attitude and ability to become a top player.
“The fact that he’s signed a new contract is an important part of our squad’s planning for next season, and we’re all excited about it.”
Nketiah is a popular Hale End academy graduate at Arsenal.
He joined the club when he was 14 years old and worked his way up the ranks before making his competitive first team debut in 2017.
He was a member of the team that won the FA Cup and the Community Shield in 2020.
After being trusted to lead the line for the majority of Arsenal’s games, the striker finished the season on a high note.
His best performance, arguably, came in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where he scored a brace.
Nketiah will also wear the iconic No.14 shirt, which has previously been worn by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and club legend Thierry Henry.
After falling out of favour with Arteta and club officials, Aubameyang left the club in January.