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Eddie Nketiah has revealed that Unai Emery wanted to keep him at Arsenal before his loan move to Leeds United.
The 20-year-old impressed during the Gunners’ pre-season campaign by scoring three goals and looked on course to stay with the team and challenge for a first-team role.
But Nketiah opted to joined Leeds on a temporary deal and has made a flying start at the Championship club with three goals in five appearances.
Nketiah, however, has claimed that Emery urged him to remain at Arsenal as he would’ve been part of his plans this term.
‘The manager wanted me to stay so it’s really confidence-boosting for me that he had me in his plans,’ Nketiah told MailOnline.
‘But I felt like it was a good step for me to come to Leeds. ‘I hope it’s a good year that can leave me in good stead going back to Arsenal to fight for a place.
‘There were a lot of options, there were options for me to go to Germany but me, my family and the club decided Leeds was the best place.’