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Chelsea decided to sell Eddie Nketiah because they felt he was too small to survive in the Premier League.
Nketiah was the hero in Arsenal’s Carabao cup game against Norwich City last Tuesday. The teenager’s brace helped Arsenal to a 2-1 victory over the Canaries which booked us a place in the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
It has now emerged that Nketiah would have done those exploits exploits for Chelsea had it not been an decision by the Blues hierarchy, which ultimately became Arsenal’s gain.
According to the Mirror, Chelsea released Nketiah in 2015 because he was too small.
The Stamford Bridge club refused to offer him a professional contract at the time and Arsenal subsequently offered the talented player a chance to join on trial before offering him a professional contract.
Nketiah has shown no sign that he won’t be able to adapt to the demands of English football. Despite standing at 5ft seven inches, he was able to find space to score from two corners against Norwich.
The Premier League is indeed a very physical league but technical and skillful players like Nketiah can become very successful too.
Chelsea’s loss has turned out to be Arsenal’s gain and I am sure Nketiah won’t look back at the event that happened in 2015 with regrets.
He is at a club with a good track record of bringing through youngsters and has all he needs to develop into a top star.