Arsenal may sanction an exit for Eddie Nketiah if it is on a permanent basis.

That is the view of former Gunners forward Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old’s severe lack of game time since the new year.

Nketiah has played just nine minutes of first team football since the 2-1 loss at Everton on 19 December.

The form of Alexandre Lacazette and return of Gabriel Martinelli from injury have seen the England Under-21 international fall down the pecking order at the Emirates.

The Evening Standard reported earlier this month that West Ham were eyeing a move for Nketiah following the £20million sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax.

However, Mikel Arteta is adamant that the striker will be staying at the club beyond this month’s transfer deadline.

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Campbell suggested that the club’s stance could change if a bid in the region of £20million is received for Nketiah.

“With Martinelli back in the frame as well, West Ham might be a good opportunity for Nketiah to leave whether it be on loan or permanently, and I can see it happening,” he told Football Insider.

“Arteta has to chop and change that squad. There are a couple of tough decisions coming up.

“If you can get £20million for Nketiah, that could be put to good use somewhere else in the squad. There is more of a need in other positions so I think it is business that the club might do.” 

In other news, Arsenal have been tipped to seal a new signing this month after 25-year-old opens up talks over an exit.