By Noel Whelan

4th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Nketiah told he has to leave Arsenal amid Lacazette verdict - pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah to “fight” to become the “main man” at his next club.

The former Premier Leeague striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 22-year-old has to “stop running” from competition as his career advances.

As reported by Spanish outlet Fichajes on Friday (October 1st), Premier League duo Brentford and Aston Villa are chasing a January move for Nketiah.

The striker has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, making a singular League Cup appearance against AFC Wimbledon, finding the net in a 3-0 win.

He has not featured in any of the Gunners’ Premier League squads this season.

Whelan claimed the striker must “think carefully” before deciding on his next destination.

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“He’s got to go,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s made it plainly clear that he doesn’t want to be there.

“He won’t get enough game time, even though they might lose [Alexandre] Lacazette.

“He is at a stage of his career now where he needs to be the main man playing up front, 90 minutes every game.

“We had that issue when he wasn’t getting minutes at Leeds and he didn’t want to stay – at some point he’s got to stop running and fight for his place.

“He’s had two great clubs now, and he could have earned a move to Leeds after his loan before – but you’ve got to fight for that.

“Managers want to see some fight. He needs to think very carefully about his next move because there will always be competition to keep your place.”

Nketiah is the record goalscorer for England’s U21 side with 17, scoring once every 77 minutes.

His contract at Arsenal expires at the end of this season.

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