Trevor Sinclair has called on Eddie Nketiah to stay put at Arsenal after scoring a fantastic hat-trick against Sunderland on Tuesday evening.
The Gunners have now progressed into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup with a dominant display against the League One outfit, with Nketiah scoring a hat-trick and Nicolas Pepe and Charlie Patino also grabbing one each.
Nketiah sees his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of the season and it is widely speculated that he could move on from the Emirates Stadium once his deal is over.
There are set to be plenty of clubs interested in the 22-year-old’s signature should he be allowed to leave the Gunners, with the striker having an obvious knack of scoring goals.
Now, Sinclair, when talking to talkSPORT, has urged Nketiah to stay at Arsenal, while comparing him to club legend Ian Wright in the process.
He said: “Eddie Nketiah, I have been a big fan of his. I’ve watched him play for the England Under-21s and he is hungry, he has got a point to prove.
“He’s been offered a contract at Arsenal and he’s turned it down, he wants to play football and he’s not been given many opportunities.
“But I am not sure leaving Arsenal at this time is the right thing to do. You look at the situation with Aubameyang and Lacazette is out of contract.
“I actually think he’s better than [Folarin] Balogun, personally. He’s a London boy, he’s been at the club for quite a while. I’d like to see him being given more opportunities at Arsenal.
“The way he scored his goals last night, his movement was exceptional. It reminded me of Ian Wright a little bit. People can say what they want about me saying that, but he was bright, he was too shifty for the defenders.
“I know it was against Sunderland, but that movement would cause any Premier League team problems. He took all his goals really well, it was a brilliant performance from him.
“Arteta’s got a huge problem with Eddie. He’s in the last year of his contract, it runs out in the summer, he’s rejected the contract offers.
“I don’t think it’s about money, he wants to play football. He’s been out on loan a lot, he’s only played 58 games and he’s 22 years old, he wants to play more football.
“The best thing he can do is play like he did last night. Play well, score goals, play with enthusiasm, and if he continues to be dismissed and is not given opportunities, I don’t think any Arsenal fan would blame him for leaving.”
Mikel Arteta was asked about Nketiah’s situation following his fine performance against Sunderland, and the Arsenal boss insisted the club are doing everything in their power to extend his stay.
Arteta said: “We are trying really hard to do the best that we can. The contract has an expiry date and you can’t control that and we’ve had discussions with Eddie for a long time.
“I repeat again that his genuine intention is that he wants to play football and that’s what’s driving whatever decision he’s going to take for his future and you have to respect that.
“But he’s obviously a player we want to keep and he’s come through the system. We will continue to do our best to keep him because we want him as part of our project and the club.”