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Eddie Nketiah signs Arsenal extension, switches to iconic No.14 shirt

Ghanaian-born England youth striker Eddie Nketiah will now be wearing the number 14 jersey after sealing a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

The Premier League giants officially confirmed sealing an extension with the 22-year-old on Saturday.

Nketiah has been with Arsenal since he was 14, making 92 first-team appearances and scoring 23 goals since his first-team debut in 2017.

And the club has decided to hand him the iconic number 14 which became vacant after the departure of former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January.

The number 14 jersey is referred to as an iconic number in the club’s history with it being Thierry Henry’s famous shirt.

Manager Mikel Arteta, said: “I’m delighted Eddie is staying with us. He represents what we are all about 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 person that we have in him.”

Nketiah made the transition from Hale End to London Colney during a highly successful youth career for both club and country, and marked his home debut with two goals against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup in 2017.

He also featured in the teams that won the FA Cup and Community Shield in 2020 and finished the recent 2021/22 season in fine form, starting our last eight league games and scoring five goals.

Eddie is the England Under-21s all-time top scorer with 16 goals in 17 appearances and captained the side that won the 2021 European Under-21 Championships.

But he could soon be switching nationality as Ghana – the country of his parents – have come calling ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup.


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