Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has vowed to enjoy the challenge Gabriel Jesus offers if the club completes his takeover.
The Gunners are looking to bolster their front line by signing the Manchester City striker, with a £50m deal reportedly close to completion. They also added Fabio Vieira from Porto, adding to the competition in attack.
However, Nketiah is not worried about the prospect of competing for the starting jersey. He spoke to The Telegraph about his ambitions and stressed his desire to keep improving to help the team.
“Every team needs a team to compete. Clubs are always looking for ways to step up. They extended my deal and they did it for a reason. Whoever comes in, you like a challenge. You make them feel Popular, then you fight and compete.
“It’s just my mindset, my personality. I know I’m not a finished product and I don’t need to be a finished product right now. I have time to improve and make mistakes.
“But I do believe in myself that if I get a run and I race, I can deliver. I know I have a lot to do, a lot to do.”
The 23-year-old recently signed with the Gunners after a strong end to last season. He was given the No. 14 shirt and committed to playing at Arsenal until 2027.
Nketiah joined the Arsenal academy in 2015 after spending seven years at Chelsea. He made his first-team debut for the Gunners two years later, but has struggled to secure a regular spot.
A strong showing last season saw him score five goals in his last seven league games. That could help convince the club to extend his stay at the club, rather than letting him leave in vain when his contract expires in June.
Arsenal’s interest in Gabriel Jesus highlights club’s ambitions to play next season
Arsenal’s last game ended disappointingly. They missed the top four for the sixth straight season.
However, despite being knocked out at the start of the season, the players’ determination was praised.
The club will be keen to get back on track at home and their transfer activity this summer will determine their competitiveness.
The link with Gabriel Jesus is a positive sign for the Gunners. The Brazil international is a consecutive winner and has contributed to City’s dominance over the past five years.
He is also a proven goalscorer who could benefit from guaranteed added minutes if he moves to the Emirates.
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