Gabriel Jesus says Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah 'has a lot of quality'
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Gabriel Jesus says Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah 'has a lot of quality'

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Arsenal new boy Gabriel Jesus had a chat with the folks over at Podpah this week, and he delivered his verdict on Eddie Nketiah.

The Gunners made it a point to sign a new striker this summer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was pushed out of the club in February, while Alexandre Lacazette was allowed to leave at the end of his contract in the summer.

Eddie Nketiah’s deal also expired in July and many people expected him to move on. However, Mikel Arteta made it a point to retain his services, and the Englishman accepted Arsenal’s lucrative offer.

Arsenal then went and signed Jesus from Manchester City, and he will be the main man for the Gunners this season. However, people shouldn’t sleep on Nketiah just yet.

Gabriel Jesus says Eddie Nketiah has a lot of quality

Nobody really expected Nketiah and Jesus to play together up top for Arsenal, but Arteta gave it a go in the Gunners’ pre-season game against FC Nurnberg earlier this month.

Their partnership surprised everyone, and it looks like Jesus is loving the opportunity to play alongside the 23-year-old Englishman now.

Speaking about Nketiah, Jesus said, as quoted by Arseblog: ““It was so good to play with him (in Arsenal’s pre-season fames so far).

“Eddie has a lot of quality — he holds the ball, he’s stronger, he turns. He’s very good and he’s still young. I am too.”

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Mikel Arteta has never really used a two-striker formation at Arsenal, but that’s a real option for him in the upcoming season.

In the few games they’ve played together so far, Jesus and Nketiah have looked phenomenal. Their movement has been great, the link-up play has been tremendous and the fact that both players are comfortable in almost every area of the attacking third makes them a fantastic duo.

Arsenal will likely stick to a single-striker formation when the season kicks off in a little under two weeks’ time, but this is not a bad option to have at all for Arteta – especially with the five-substitutes rule kicking in.

Arsenal take on Chelsea later tonight and it will be interesting to see if both Jesus and Nketiah will start.

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