Aston Villa loses the Arsenal forward while Arteta makes the final decision

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After being connected to a number of clubs, including Aston Villa, Arsenal’s transfer destination was revealed in January, Eddie Nketiah.

It doesn’t go anywhere.

According to a report by John Percy of The Telegraph Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will review Nketiah’s performances at Arsenal and give the attacker a chance with the first team. Nketiah had held talks with Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest before Arteta made his decision.

Despite the connections, there is no mention of Aston Villa’s interest – or even of talks with the club.

Nketiah would have acted as an auxiliary option for Villa – as a stopgap until a main striker was signed by the club while looking for a replacement for Wesley. This will not happen now as the attacker will return from his current loan spell in Leeds to stay with his parent club, Arsenal.

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The attacker was subject to an interesting administrative error last night.

Nketiah was listed on the official Arsenal team page with a Leeds badge – to indicate his Leeds United loan player status. The Bristol Post notes that this was changed to a Bristol City badge for a short period before it was converted into a Leeds badge by Arsenal staff.

Now they can have the easy task of keeping the Gunners’ badge locked up by Nketiah on the site, while Villa has the toughest task of looking elsewhere for a new attacker – or two.

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