Arsenal set to miss out on £12m transfer windfall after deadline deal collapsed

Arsenal managed to bring in Takehiro Tomiyasu in the final hours of the window, but failed to offload several of their fringe stars who are surplus to requirements at the Emirates

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Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will ‘take some time’

Arsenal are facing the prospect of losing Eddie Nketiah for nothing after failing to negotiate an exit for the striker.

Nketiah has struggled for opportunities under Mikel Arteta and was one of a number of first-teamers made available to sell.

However, with the Gunners demanding £20million for the academy graduate, they struggled to find a suitor during the summer window.

Crystal Palace were interested in signing Nketiah according to the Sun, but failed to stump up the cash for the 22-year-old.

By the end of the window, Arsenal were willing to accept £12m, but with add-ons, a sell-on fee and a buy-back option all part of negotiations, there were no takers.

Eddie Nketiah had been heavily linked with an Arsenal exit


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Palace decided to spend their money elsewhere, signing Odsonne Edouard from Celtic in a deal that could reach £18.5m.

And now it looks increasingly likely that Nketiah will leave Arsenal on a free next summer, with his contract in north London set to wind down.

The report adds that contract talks are at a standstill with the player requesting a huge pay-rise along with guarantees over regular opportunities in the first-team.

Arteta is unwilling to offer that at present, meaning Nketiah will be free to leave at the end of the season and could even sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club as early as January.

The Arsenal boss previously took full responsibility for Nketiah’s lack of minutes and accepted that he could damage his development long-term.

Nketiah started just four Premier League games last term and was regularly left out of the squad or remained an unused sub.

Speaking in March, Arteta said: “This is one of the hazards to leave someone like Eddie out of the squad, but at the moment everybody has been fit and we have so many options up front.

“He needs to be patient and he’s showing no signs of lacking attitude or anything like that, it’s the complete opposite.

Arteta accepted that a lack of football was harming Nketiah’s development



“He’s a joy to work with and he deserves minutes and if he doesn’t get it, it’s just my fault.”

The Arsenal boss added: “He needs to play and we’ve been wanting to use him a little bit more on some occasions and we didn’t.

“To be fair, when he’s played, he’s played well, but at his age and for what he’s done the last two or three seasons, he needs more minutes.

“It’s something we have to talk about openly and make the right decision.”

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