Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is close to committing his long-term future to the north-London club.
Nketiah is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of June and has rejected multiple offers from the Gunners amid interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
Arsenal were reportedly resigned to losing Nketiah, who scored five goals having started Arsenal’s final eight matches 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” of what to do regarding his soon-to-be out-of-contract players. “I will speak to the three players now or tomorrow and after that, we need to start to move on,” the Spaniard said after defeating Everton on the final day of the season.
“We have clear ideas of what we want to do.” When pressed on if the decisions had been made over Nketiah, Lacazette and Elneny’s futures, Arteta went on to reveal that the club had decided their course action with each player some time ago.
“It’s been decided but it’s very difficult to communicate it,” he added.