Mikel Arteta has backed Eddie Nketiah to become a "top, top player" and is hoping that will be at Arsenal after he struck in the Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Leeds.
The Gunners secured a 2-0 victory as Calum Chambers scored just 21 seconds after coming off the bench before former Leeds loanee Nketiah tapped in.
It was just the 22-year-old's second appearance of the season, his first coming in the third-round success over AFC Wimbledon, and he is out of contract in the summer.
England's all-time record goalscorer at Under-21 level saw a move to Crystal Palace break down in the summer but, despite his limited minutes, Arteta is keen for Nketiah to sign a new deal with the club.
"We had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn't either way," he said.
"That contract situation is more and more common in football for where we are coming from with Covid and a lot of the issues that we have to resolve.
"I have full belief that he is going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal. I'm happy to have him, he is our player, I regard him really highly and from my side I want him to stay."
Asked if there was an update on any contract talks with Nketiah, Arteta replied: "No.
"I have no doubts what he can offer. Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and he demands himself more.
"I'm delighted to see the performance he had. He totally deserved it. He has other players who play in that position and he has a personal situation but I try to leave that aside."
For the likes of Nketiah and fellow goalscorer Chambers, Arsenal's continued progression in the Carabao Cup will present them with more chances to feature for the first team.
"It opens up more space to give opportunities for the group and obviously is a trophy we want to compete for - that's the whole point of it," added Arteta.
"It is great to see the players that we have get opportunities, the way they played, the way they competed against a really good side."