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Official: Nketiah sign contract extension; take jersey No 14

Arsenal have announced Eddie Nketiah has signed a new contract which will run until 2027. 

The striker’s old deal expired this summer and he looked set to leave after rejecting multiple attempts to get him to sign an extension.

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Yet following extensive talks in recent weeks, and having enjoyed a successful end to the 2021-22 season which saw him start eight consecutive Premier League games, a new contract has now been agreed. 

As well as signing a new deal, Nketiah has also taken on Arsenal’s legendary No.14 – the shirt worn by all-time record scorer Thierry Henry. 

Arsenal confirmed Nketiah’s new contract on Saturday afternoon and Manager Mikel Arteta told the club website: “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.” 

Arsenal technical director Edu, added: “The foundations of this squad are built on young talent and in particular those who have come through our Academy system.  

“Eddie was released by another club as a young man but has always shown he has the attitude as well as the ability to become a top player.  

“The fact he’s signed a new contract is an important part of our squad planning for next season and we’re all delighted.” 

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Nketiah becomes the latest product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy to sign a new long-term extension, following on from Bukayo Saka in 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe in 2021. 

The Londoner, who will wear the number 14 shirt next season, having previously worn number 30, marked his home debut with two goals against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup in 2017 and featured in the FA Cup and Community Shield-winning teams in 2020. 

He is also 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.

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