He is the club’s future – Ljungberg feels frustrated with forward loan spell at Leeds

Freddie Ljungberg has been disappointed by Eddie Nketiah’s lack of match action at Leeds.

“If he goes on loan we want him to play football and get minutes otherwise they can maybe be here. We want them to be on loan to get minutes,” Ljungberg said.

“I feel a bit sorry for him because he is a great player and the future of this club. When he has had his chance he scores goals and that’s what he is about.

“I’ve been calling him (throughout the season) and he text me as well two days ago.

“Like I said I go on a game to game basis but you asked for my opinion and that’s my opinion.”

Arsenal return to Premier League action against Brighton on Thursday and Ljungberg admits he will hold talks with record-signing Nicolas Pepe in a bid to improve his form.

The Gunners forked out £72million to lure Pepe from Lille in the summer, but the Ivory Coast winger has yet to perform consistently.

“Nicolas is someone I plan on talking to, we’re going to have a little chat about how he feels about things. He’s an important player.

“I just think it’s a new country, a new way of playing and I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play.”

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