By Noel Whelan

21st Jun, 2022 | 4:52am

Eddie Nketiah set to explode at Arsenal as 'massive' claim issued - pundit

Noel Whelan has backed Eddie Nketiah to explode at Arsenal in the 2022-23 season if he is given sufficient playing time.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United striker claimed Nketiah’s attitude towards the end of the 2021-22 season played a “massive” part in his new contract.

The 23-year-old ended the campaign with five goals in eight Premier League games as Arsenal narrowly missed out on a top-four finish.

The club confirmed on Saturday (18 June) that he had signed a new long-term contract with his previous deal expiring at the end of this month.

“I think it’s a sensible move,” Whelan told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“Even when he was at Leeds United you could see he was a natural finisher. One of these players who is in the right place at the right time and only needs one chance and he’ll probably put it in the back of the net.

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“He’s just got that knack and he’s proved that to Mikel Arteta.

“I think his attitude was probably the biggest thing. His head never dropped and he still fought for the club even though his contract was running down week in, week out.

“I thought his professionalism and his character deserved that new contract as well as his performances and goals in games for Arsenal at the end of the season.

“Yes, I think that was the right thing to do. He’s a player you wouldn’t want to let go and sign for a Palace or another team, especially at the tender age that he is.

“You can see that talent is there. If you nurture it, give him more game time and you’ll see the benefits of giving him that new contract.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has defended a £40million Arsenal deal amid a Government legal row.