Arsenal have ready-made Lacazette replacement in Eddie Nketiah
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Arsenal have ready-made Lacazette replacement in Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah can be Arsenal’s homegrown Lacazette replacement.

The young striker was fantastic against Leeds yesterday in the Carabao Cup.

As the 22-year-old lined up against his former loan side, he had a lot to prove.

Marcelo Bielsa famously failed to utilise the talents of the young striker.

However, he came back to bite the Argentine manager as he scored the second and decisive goal at The Emirates.

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This was just further proof of the pool of talent that the Gunners are working with in their academy.

It should also serve as proof that Nketiah can be part of the senior side more regularly going forward.

Fortunately for the youngster, a spot may open up for him soon.

Alexandre Lacazette, who came off the bench for the final 18 minutes last night, could soon be off.

His contract at the Emirates expires in summer 2022.

That would open up a spot in the side for another striker.

In Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arteta has a striker who he can rely on.

Nketiah can be Arsenal’s homegrown Lacazette replacement

When Aubameyang is injured or being rested, though, Nketiah is more than good enough to step up to the plate.

The young forward has 15 goals in 67 games for the Arsenal first team (Transfermarkt).

That includes two goals in two Carabao Cup games this season as he continues to show what he can do.

Also, crucially, Nketiah doesn’t take up a foreign player slot in the Premier League squad.

He ticks plenty of boxes, as opposed to Lacazette who cost the Gunners a cool £46.5m back in 2017 (BBC).

Nketia certainly doesn’t lack work rate, either.

His goal against Leeds was an example of his industry on the pitch.

The young forward latched onto a poor headed back pass, knocked the ball over Illan Meslier and slotted home.

It was a perfect example of what he brings and there’s no reason why he can’t be used as Lacazette’s long-term replacement.

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