Arsenal News Summary: Done Deal, Battle For Serie A Playmaker, Striker Linked With Everton Move

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Done Deal: Highly-Rated Striker Signs Long-Term Contract With Arsenal

Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah is among three young players to have signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

Nketiah shot to prominence back in November EFL Cup win over Norwich, founding the net with his first touch to send him in the fifth Round tie into extra time before sending the Gunners through to a quarter-final against the Hammers.

The 18-year-old, who was previously in the Chelsea ranks, has made three other first-team appearances and has received huge praise from the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

‘He was decisive and overall he has the flair to anticipate when you are in the box,” Wenger said after the win against Norwich.

‘That’s a quality you cannot give at that age anymore. You either have it, or you don’t, so that’s very positive for him.

‘I like the header as well that he scored because he’s not tall. He was very high, and it shows that determination when the heading is there for the guy that wants it.

’Nketiah has been joined by goalkeeper Matt Macey and Ben Sheaf in penning new contracts.

Macey had made two appearances this campaign and became the first English keeper to play for the Gunners since David Seaman when he made his debut in the EFL Cup clash against Norwich, while Sheaf got his first taste of football in 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in October.

Arsenal and Chelsea Ready to Battle For the Services of Serie A Playmaker

Chelsea are looking to compete with their bitter Premier League rivals Arsenal for the signature of Udinese versatile midfielder Jakub Jankto.

The 21-year-old has been in impressive for Italian club this campaign, achieving a tally of five goals from 15 games in all competitions attracting strong interest from hosts of European clubs.

Last month it was reported that Arsenal head-coach Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of Jankto, with French manager is in the market for Mesut Ozil’s replacement.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Antonio Conte’s side have now joined the race for 21-year-old Czech midfielder.

Serie A duo AC Milan and Juventus are also thought to be keeping tabs on the situation of Janko, whose contract with Udinese set to expire in 2021.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on to strengthen their midfield options in January to compete for all possible trophies.

Chelse are currently third in the Premier League table with 11 points separating them from league leaders Manchester City, While Arsenal are fifth in the English top-tier after 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

Arsenal Forward Emerged as a Shock Transfer Target For Premier League Rivals

EVERTON have enquired about the availability of Arsenal out-of-favour striker Theo Walcott in January as the Toffees new manager Sam Allardyce looks to strengthen offensive options this winter to bounce back after the slow start.

Former England national team head-coach is keen to add players of top quality to the Toffees squad to climb back on top of the league table.

Walcott is yet to make a start in the Premier League for Arsenal, and that has prompted the Toffees to enquire about his situation, according to the Daily Mail reports.

Former Crystal Palace boss has selected Walcott in the only squad of his short-lived spell during his time in Charge of England national team, coming off the bench in a 1-0 win over Slovakia.

And now, the Everton boss wants to sign him in January and believed that 28-year-old could inject some much-needed speed to their side.

The Toffees have failed to fill the hole that has been left by the departure of Romelu Lukaku who has joined Manchester United.

Before taking the Everton job, Allardyce told Paddy Power: “I understand why they didn’t replace Lukaku – nowadays that’s such a hugely difficult piece of business.

“There’s such a lack of top quality strikers, not just in England but literally across the world today.

“But still, the club needs someone to get goals and change those results around.”