Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has criticised Arsenal’s decision to recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell, calling the move ‘unfair’.

The England U21 striker was summoned back to the Emirates earlier this month because of a lack of playing time at Elland Road, initially with a view to going back out on loan to a Championship rival, though Mikel Arteta has since decided to keep him with the squad.

Bielsa also lost young winger Jack Clarke, who was recalled by Tottenham after making just one Championship appearance all season, and sent on loan to QPR instead.


That has left Bielsa’s squad short on numbers, particularly up front, but he defended his treatment of the two loanees.

“About these new players in the team: I have done all the explanations, given all the information, the unfair treatment of Arsenal and Nketiah,” Bielsa said.

“When they choose Leeds, they thought a lot about it. They chose us over the other options they had.

“We did everything we said we were going to do. So, we have nothing to claim ourselves.

“The same with Clarke. In this moment we don’t have those two players and the club is going to do all that is possible to resolve the situation.”


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