Eddie Nketiah has been urged to push for a loan move away from Arsenal that will allow him to “get kicked”, with Kevin Campbell looking for the 21-year-old to find regular game time.
Mikel Arteta has found a place for the England U21 international within his plans at Emirates Stadium.
A starting role ahead of Alexandre Lacazette was offered to Nketiah at times last season, with a frustrating loan spell at Leeds cut short.
The youngster has, however, been restricted to just 145 minutes of Premier League football in the current campaign, with alternative options being favoured in the final third.
Campbell believes those selection calls should be edging Nketiah towards the exits, with it vital for his ongoing development that he gets competitive outings from the start – potentially outside of north London.
“Nketiah has a knack for goals but I think he needs to go out on loan for another season, playing back-to-back games to get that confidence in his own body,” former Arsenal striker Campbell told Football Insider.
“Coming off the bench and playing sparingly is okay but there is nothing better than getting a run of starts to understand that you can do it at the top level.
“You have got to go through the tough parts. You need to get kicked, feel the pain and the soreness. That is what he needs to do.”