Arsenal boss Arteta praises Eddie Nketiah's display vs Bodo/Glimt last night
The 23-year-old took Gabriel Jesus’ spot in the starting lineup and impressed. He scored Arsenal’s opener and could’ve easily bagged one or two more. Arteta was beyond delighted with his display.
Arsenal boss Arteta praises Eddie Nketiah’s display vs Bodo/Glimt last night
Right after Arsenal signed Jesus from Manchester City in the summer, it became clear that Nketiah will not be a starter for the Gunners in the Premier League. His two starts this term have come in the Europa League, and he has managed to score in both of those games.
Arteta is delighted to see Nketiah’s performances. He claimed that the Englishman is an option for him at any moment in the game now – from the start or off the bench.
The Gunners boss said, as per Arsenal.com: “When he puts the ball in the back of the net, for a manager, this is the best moment.
“Obviously, his work rate, his attitude, his application is just phenomenal. But he’s got this natural ability and he does it every time.
“What I can say is that I’m really happy to have him in the team. He has the qualities to play for this team, in any role – as a starter or a finisher, or however you want to call him. We all love his attitude and the qualities that he has, so we are really happy to have him.
“The good thing is that today he could have scored a couple more. You have done great, but what you can do better. That’s his mentality, and this is where we want to take him. When you see how he has evolved in the last year or two, and he still has a lot of room to do that.”
Nketiah deserves immense praise for what he has done since the back end of last season.
It looked almost certain that the Englishman’s time at Arsenal had come to an end, but after a good run of games to finish the campaign, he convinced everyone at the club that he deserves to stay.
Nketiah was handed a new, lucrative contract in the summer, and he extended his stay at Arsenal. He even picked up the iconic number 14 shirt, and he’s now delivering up front when called upon.
Arsenal take on Liverpool next and Nketiah is expected to return to the bench. However, he will likely come on as a substitute at some stage, and if he has a positive impact, he will definitely give Arteta something to think about.
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