ARSENAL defender Gabriel Magalhaes and club legend Ian Wright appear to have slammed some Gunners supporters after they criticised the decision to offer Eddie Nketiah a new deal.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates as his contract expired this summer.

Nketiah signed a new deal to keep him at Arsenal

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Nketiah signed a new deal to keep him at ArsenalCredit: Getty
Gabriel has defended the decision to keep Nketiah

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Gabriel has defended the decision to keep NketiahCredit: Alamy
Gabriel tweeted this minutes after the Nketiah announcement

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Gabriel tweeted this minutes after the Nketiah announcement

But the Gunners announced on Saturday that the forward has now penned a new long-term contract to keep him in North London.

The club also handed Nketiah the No14 shirt – which was worn by club legend Thierry Henry.

It was a welcome move for many Arsenal fans as fellow strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have both departed within the last 12 months.

But others felt it was a mistake to keep Nketiah, an opinion which Gabriel seemed to take umbrage with.

Eddie Nketiah signs new long-term Arsenal contract and will wear iconic No14 shirt
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Minutes after Nketiah’s deal was confirmed, he tweeted: “How can you be so ungrateful! OMG 🙃.”

And the centre-back also liked a tweet which praised the decision to hand Nketiah the new contract.

It read: “Don’t be fooled by the loud haters.

“Plenty of us are happy with the contract extension and don’t mind the shirt number ❤️.”

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Meanwhile, a furious Wright replied to a comment which read: “Not good enough for the number 14. We should have let him go for free that’s a waste of time and money.” 

Wright responded: “What’s a number? Why don’t you say nothing if you have nothing positive to say to our players?

“You can never call yourself an Arsenal fan with negativity of this nature? Would you say this to Eddie’s face? If not, STFU.”

Nketiah has netted 23 goals in 92 appearances for Arsenal – including 10 in 27 games last season.

Yet the young forward staying at the club has not stopped talk of another attacker being added to the squad.

And Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is being heavily linked with Arsenal.

It has been reported that the Gunners have finally met City’s asking price of £50million.

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