Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah put in another impressive performance for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners as they progressed to the fourth round of the League Cup.
The 21-year-old has featured in all of Arsenal’s competitive fixtures this term and shone against West Ham at the weekend, grabbing an 85th-minute winner not long after coming on for the Gunners.
On Wednesday, Nketiah was named in Arteta’s starting XI against Leicester and made it two goals from four late on, persevering to fire home under pressure from Hector Bellerin’s delivery.
The England Under-21 ace’s goal wrapped up the win for the Gunners after Nicolas Pepe’s 57th-minute effort came off the post, hit opposition defender Christian Fuchs and went in.
Former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison, speaking to Sky Sports, described Nketiah as “ice-cold” and said he has a “bright future” at Arsenal.
“He’s a young player who couldn’t make the grade at Leeds when he went on loan but he’s come back to Arsenal and he’s doing ever so well,” Morrison told Sky Sports News (23/09/20, 9:55 pm).
“Sometimes when the manager believes in you, he can get the best out of you.
“He’s a good player and you learn from players like Aubameyang. He’s got Lacazette, who is ahead of him. I like him. He knows that he needs to learn outside the box to be like a complete striker.
“But you know what I like about him, he always wants to get in there and score goals. He doesn’t need a lot of chances and when it comes to him, he’s ice cold.
“One of the best people who told me about that was Ian Wright. When you are in the box go ice cold. So, if Nketiah wants to ring up Ian Wright, I am sure he would give him advice. He has a bright future at that football club.”
With Arteta working wonders at Arsenal, Nketiah’s emergence as a reliable, consistent and ever-improving goalscorer over the past year is yet more good news for the North Londoners.
The Spaniard clearly rates him highly, describing him to the Arsenal website in June as “extraordinary at his age” and boasting an “immense personality”.
While Arsenal are far from the finished product, their attack is now world-class and boasts incredible strength in depth, with Nketiah just one of the great options at Arteta’s service.