Mikel Arteta says he is not considering Eddie Nketiah as someone to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month.
Aubameyang is will miss Arsenal’s next three matches following his straight red card against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Eddie Nketiah is back at his parent club but has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.
The 20 year-old struggled for regular match time at Leeds and had his loan move cut short.
With Aubameyang out, the academy graduate has been tipped for a spell in the Arsenal first-team.
Arteta, however, is refusing to let the short-term benefits of keeping Nketiah around outweigh the benefit of him potentially receiving regular first-team football elsewhere.
“I didn’t before (think of using Nketiah) and at the moment we have to think mid-long term with Eddie,” Arteta said when asked if Aubameyang’s sending off would impact the youngsters season.
“We have to respect his evolution and development, we don’t have to make a decision just based on two or three games.”
There are reportedly as many as FOUR clubs chasing Nketiah, with Aston Villa, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest are all battling for the striker’s signature, with the Arsenal men set to make a decision ‘in the next 24 hours’.