Arsenal striker Eddie Nketia is close to committing to his long-term future for the north London club.
A point contract at the Emirates Stadium will expire at the end of June and he has turned down several offers from Arsenal amid interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
Arsenal reportedly quit to lose Nkita, who scored five goals after starting Arsenal’s last eight games of the season, but progress has been made during recent contract talks and an agreement is close.
Speaking recently, Arteta insisted he had “clear ideas” about what to do with regards to players whose contracts will soon expire. “I will talk to the three players now or tomorrow and after that, we need to start moving forward,” the Spaniard said after his victory over Everton on the final day of the season.
“We have clear ideas of what we want to do.” When pressed to find out if decisions have been made about the futures of Nketia, Lacazette and Elni, Arteta went on to reveal that the club decided their course with each player some time ago.
“It was decided, but it is very difficult to communicate it,” he added.