After netting his first Premier League goal on the final day of last season, Eddie Nketiah continued his rapid rise to Arsenal stardom with some fine displays in the club's pre-season tour.
Such was the talent on display, calls from some sections of the Gunners' fanbase were asking for 20-year-old to earn a starting berth in Unai Emery's squad for the coming campaign.
Instead, what transpired was a Championship free-for-all as a host of clubs were vying to secure the young forward on a season-long loan ahead of transfer deadline day. The winners turned out to be Leeds United, and it appears their efforts to land the striker have proved fruitful, as Nketiah netted his second goal in as many games with a late winner against Brentford on Wednesday night.
"What a way to say hello to your new club!" Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! pic.twitter.com/82SJwp5bO1— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 22, 2019
That sparked a Twitter response from both sets of fans, who were jubilant to see the youngster demonstrate his goalscoring touch once again in west Yorkshire, despite some rather overzealous claims...
I think Eddie Nketiah might be better than Henry 樂 #lufc— Wayne Stevenson (@wstevenson85) August 21, 2019
Nketiah is easily England's biggest prospect. Miles ahead of everyone— HarrisonSZN (3-1-0) (@LukeMOT7) August 22, 2019
That Costa/Nketiah partnership is gonna be fooking lethal for us this season! #lufc— Mr Geldard (@MrJGeldard) August 21, 2019
Naturally, the 'thank you' messages came raining in as Leeds fans expressed their gratitude to Arsenal for loaning them their rising star.
Thank you @Arsenal for loaning us nketiah, what an absolute baller — L (@Lewis_Nich) August 22, 2019
Anyway thank you Arsenal for Nketiah. You can’t have him back btw. (Also belated thanks for Lukic and Rocky).— Hutch (@nolittleman) August 14, 2019
One notable attendee at Elland Road was none other than Arsenal legend Ian Wright. The club's former top scorer makes no secret of his love for the Gunners, and his support of the youngsters was no more evident than his celebrations following Nketiah's goal.
Love this, guys ❤️— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 22, 2019
wrightyofficial on Instagram pic.twitter.com/RScIup73hw
I love how Ian Wright is so invested Nketiah— Rogelio De La Vega (@DarrylPdtKid) August 22, 2019
It wasn't just Leeds fans and former players who were waxing lyrical over Nketiah, however. Arsenal fans were just as buoyant to see one of their academy prospects performing so well at a high level, even if the striker only made his Championship debut as a late substitute on Wednesday.
Nketiah scoring for Leeds man I’m so happy for him , can’t wait to see how vital mans gonna be for them this season. — i like my fanta with no ice (@Messssut_) August 22, 2019
Can’t wait to see Nketiah back at Arsenal again next season. A natural goal scorer — Lewis Walker (@LEWIS_LULU1995) August 21, 2019
And there's always time for an Arsenal fan to poke fun at Manchester United.
More importantly for Leeds, Nketiah's goal propelled them to the Championship summit on goals difference, as Marcelo Bielsa's revolution has another crack at the promotion whip.
One fan is predicting it already...
Nketiah is gonna get Leeds promoted ain’t he— Link Up Arsenal (@LinkUpArsenal) August 22, 2019
Source : 90min