Mikel Arteta believes he may already have Eddie Nketiah’s replacement at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah appears to be edging towards the exit door this summer, amid links to several centre-forwards.

However, his replacement may not necessarily be a new addition, but an internal solution in youngster Mika Biereth.
Biereth has excelled out on loan this season, at Scottish side Motherwell and now Austrian title challengers Sturm Graz, with the 21-year-old following the path of Manchester United forward Rasmus Hojlund.

Nketiah could move within the Premier League for a fairly significant fee, and several strikers including Viktor Gyokeres and Ivan Toney have been linked.

However, there may yet be another addition to the forward line to replace Nketiah, who has made 32 appearances across all competitions this season.
Mikel Arteta could integrate Mika Biereth into Arsenal team

A report from Football Transfers has now revealed that there is a possible scenario in which Nketiah is sold, and Biereth is promoted as his replacement.

“Arsenal have big hopes for 21-year-old forward Mika Biereth, currently on loan at SK Sturm Graz, and selling Nketiah in order to promote Biereth into the first-team next season is deemed a very realistic possibility,” the report stated.

Biereth has scored 10 and assisted five times in his 21 appearances across all competitions for both his loan sides this season, and stylistically, looks physically suited to a striker’s role with his speed and creativity, and his deadly finishing ability could be set to improve even further.
Given that Arsenal already have several options ahead of Nketiah in the pecking order at centre-forward, if another striker is signed, it seems unlikely that Biereth will have many playing opportunities.

The only possible scenario in which this could happen is if Gabriel Jesus moves to the wings at the expense of a wide man coming in, with a new striker replacing him upfront, and Biereth replacing Nketiah.

At this point in Biereth’s career, regular game time would serve him better than bench minutes at Arsenal. Whilst he may have the potential to eventually become a starter for the club, another loan move may be the best option for him next season if there is no guaranteed senior game time at the Emirates.

Nketiah started the season well, but has failed to score in the Premier League since October, and he is better off joining a club where he will be better suited to a counter-attacking playing style and receive regular starting opportunities.

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