Eddie Nketia signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, and the striker received the iconic number 14 on the shirt of Thierry Henry in the process.
The 22-year-old was in good shape for the Gunners at the end of last season, scoring five goals in eight games for Mikel Arteta’s team.
Nketia’s previous contract expired at the end of this month, with Sky Sports News revealing in late May that the striker had decided to stay at the club, despite interest from Crystal Palace and Borussia Mönchengladbach, after being persuaded by Arteta to stay.
“I’m glad Eddie stays with us,” Arteta said in a statement on the club’s website. “He represents what we are all 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 personality we have in him.”
Nketia’s new shirt number 14 was worn by Arsenal legend Henri between 1999 and 2007, with the Frenchman scoring 228 goals for the Gunners in two separate periods.
Since then, the number has been given to the strikers – as Theo Walcott and Pierre-Emerick Obameyang took the mantle as number 14 at Arsenal. Walcott has scored more than 100 goals for Arsenal in his career at Arsenal, while Obamayang has scored 92 times with that number before leaving for Barcelona in January.
Nketia’s commitment to Arsenal is a boost for Arteta, who is also seeking to step up the attack of the gunners with two new faces through this window.
Porto confirmed a deal to sell midfielder Fabio Vieira to Arsenal’s Arteta for £ 34m, including supplements, in a statement on Friday.
Vieira will add more creative talent to the ranks of Arsenal, as the high-ranking midfielder has given 14 assists in the league in the Primera 2021/22 campaign.
Arsenal have not yet announced the signing, but it was revealed that Vieira was in north London on Thursday for a medical examination.
Since then, the Gunners have cooled interest in Yuri Tillemans, making the Belgian midfielder more likely to sign a one-year contract extension with Leicester.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are “cautious optimists” about making a deal for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus over the line.
The North London club has worked for six months with striker Marcello Petinati’s representative to ensure they are in the pole position to attract him to the Premier League champions this summer.
Jesus expressed his desire to move to the Emirates in early June and the only obstacle so far has been the distance between the ratings of the two clubs.
Arsenal will start their campaign in the 2022/23 Premier League as a guest at the Crystal Palace on August 5, live football on Friday night.
The team of Mikel Arteta, who finished fifth in the Premier League last term, will host Leicester City on August 13, before traveling to the newly promoted Bournemouth on August 20.
The first derby of the “gunners” in north London will be held at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, and the rematch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at the beginning of the new year on January 14.
Arsenal’s last match before the break of the season for the Winter World Cup will be a visit to the Wolves on the weekend of 12/13 November. They will then return to Boxing Day, entertaining West Ham.
The last day of the season in the Premier League is May 28, when Arsenal will end its campaign at home to the Wolves.