Former BBC journalist David Ornstein has revealed why Mikel Arteta pushed for the club to make a U-turn decision on a loan transfer for one of the first team players.

Arsenal are currently short in the attacking department with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang set to spend three games on the sidelines due to suspension after being sent off against Crystal Palace.

Nonetheless, the club appeared to be keen on sending out striker Eddie Nketiah on another loan move after recalling the youngster from his spell at Leeds United.

The 20-year-old was expected to complete his loan switch to another lower-league club this month and David Ornstein has revealed that was indeed about to happen.

According to the former BBC journalist, Nketiah was destined to join Bristol Rovers, but Mikel Arteta made the U-turn decision to let him stay at the club after watching him in training.

Ornstein claims the young forward has impressed the Arsenal boss in training and that is the main reason why his loan move was scuppered.


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