Emmanuel Petit tells Mikel Arteta Eddie Nketiah “has to stay” amid Tammy Abraham pursuit

Eddie Nketiah has been in fine form as his contract at Arsenal comes to an end

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Alexandre Lacazette is in the same boat as Nketiah, but his fate seems more certain, with the 30-year-old's six goals in 33 games clearly not persuading Emirates chiefs to change their mind. And Petit admits that he wants to see them sign a replacement who is quick and can press from the front.

"It’s probably the case that Lacazette will leave the club at the end of the season," he added. "But even with Lacazette and Nketiah in the team, Arsenal need a very top striker who can score at least 20 – 25 goals during the season, to compete in the Premier League.

"I want Arsenal to buy a different kind of striker. What Arsenal need desperately up front, and this includes on the wings, is speed players. Don’t be mistaken, modern football is about speed. Everything is speed, the pressing, the playing, everything.

"They need to bring speed up front. Martinelli is a very quick player, Saka as well on the right-hand side but up-front Lacazette is not a speed player and Nketiah can be fast, but they definitely need a different kind of profile of player."

Arsenal have been linked with Roma's in-form target man Abraham, who scored 24 goals in 49 games this season under Jose Mourinho. And Petit admitted that he is a fan of the former Chelsea man, saying: "So which kind of player should they sign? I really like Tammy Abraham.

"What he’s doing at Roma in Italy and if they can bring him back to England he will be back in London with the feeling of revenge, and for me it’s very important to have that extra motivation."