Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah got himself in and among the goals once again last night, as the Gunners saw off Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.
In a much changed side, the Gunners ensured Mikel Arteta’s excellent run in the cups since taking over continued, as Nketiah’s finish and an own-goal from Christian Fuchs ensured a safe passage into the next round.
Nketiah was given his chance from the start in place of the in-form Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman has netted in both Premier League games so far, cementing himself as first-choice number nine, for now at least.
But Nketiah’s form and willingness to get in the goals will please Arteta and Gunners fans. Furthermore, with Lacazette among a number of players who have seen their future debtated this summer, it bodes well for the future of the club.
The likes of Inter Milan and Juventus are thought to have kept an eye on Lacazette, while Marca claimed just last month that Atletico Madrid held a strong interest in the forward.
Nketiah proving there is life after ‘Laca’, Arteta might well sell up
Obviously, Lacazette has started the season well and you can’t fault his performances so far. He’s scoring goals and helping the likes of Aubameyang and Willian perform, too.
But it is widely known that he is a big earner at the club. The Mirror claims he is on £182k-a-week, which is a massive wage for someone who hasn’t quite hit the heights many expected when he signed.
Nketiah’s form, then, could well give Mikel Arteta food for thought. His goal last night was his fifth in his last seven cup appearances for the Gunners, while he’s already off the mark in the Premier League. Couple those two things with his record for England’s under-21s – Nketiah has 8 in 8 for the Young Lions – and Arsenal have quite the player on their hands.
Regardless of if Arteta decides to sell now or keep Lacazette, it’s warming for Gunners fans to know they have someone in Nketiah who seems more than up to the job of replacing the Frenchman.