Eddie Nketiah has revealed Unai Emery tried to get him to stay at Arsenal this summer before he eventually moved to Leeds on loan.
The highly-talented English striker, on a season-long loan spell at Elland Road, has started off in fine fashion – scoring three goals already in five games across all competitions.
Eddie Nketiah has started life superbly at Leeds, scoring three times already in five games
However, Nketiah – who revealed he had options from Germany – decided to join Leeds in order for more game-time and to enhance his chances of fighting for a first-team spot at the Emirates next season.
The 20-year-old said: ‘The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans. But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds.
‘I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.
‘There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.’
The talented English striker impressed during pre-season for Arsenal before going out on loan
Nketiah has plenty of current stars at Arsenal to learn from as he continues his development but there’s one man in particular who has helped him more than anyone else.
And that is Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who scored a remarkable 185 goals for the club between the years of 1991-1998.
Nketiah, who scored twice on Friday night as England’s Under 21s beat Turkey 3-2, added: ‘He’s been brilliant. He’s a bit of a mentor. He messages me, asks me how I am, how I’m finding things up in Leeds.
‘He’s given me advice and I always try to learn from him because he’s had a great career. I’m really grateful.
‘It’s a dream come true to have one of your heroes speaking to you. He’s such a nice guy and a modest guy for the career he’s had.’
Nketiah claims it’s a ‘dream come true’ to be getting advice from Arsenal legend Ian Wright