Paul Merson suggests Eddie Nketiah is not even good enough for Wolves
The Gunners were dealt a huge blow earlier this month when Gabriel Jesus suffered a knee injury. He had to undergo surgery and is expected to miss around three months of action as a result.
All eyes are on Nketiah now, who is suddenly Arsenal’s main striker.
Paul Merson suggests Eddie Nketiah is not good enough for Wolves
Nketiah was out of contract last summer and it looked almost certain that he would leave on a free transfer.
The 23-year-old Englishman has always been prolific at youth level for club and country, but he hasn’t been consistent enough for the senior side to become a regular.
Arsenal, however, went above and beyond to keep him at the club in the summer. Nketiah signed a new £100,000-a-week contract and it’s now time for him to show what he’s all about.
Merson, however, doesn’t think he’s good enough. He says he’s really worried about Nketiah and even went on to claim that Wolves wouldn’t take a look at him even though they’re desperate for goals.
The pundit wrote on The Daily Star: “I try not to read too much into friendlies but it’s a massive worry for Arsenal that they’re now relying on out-of-form Eddie Nketiah when the Premier League returns.
“Without being horrible, what Premier League team does Eddie Nketiah get in? Wolves are bottom for instance, they’re desperate for a goal and they wouldn’t go and get him.
“For me, it’s really worrying. Arsenal have three very difficult games over Christmas in West Ham, Brighton and Newcastle. Nketiah might deliver for three games but I just don’t see him doing it for 10 or more matches.
Merson is right to be concerned, but he’s probably being a bit too harsh on Nketiah here.
The 23-year-old is definitely not on Jesus’ level – not even close. But, he’s a decent player who proved towards the end of last season that he can score goals if there’s good service.
With Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka either side of him and Martin Odegaard pulling the strings from the number 10 role, Nketiah will definitely have chances to score. It remains to be seen if he can take them.
Arsenal take on West Ham United at the Emirates on Boxing Day and Nketiah is almost guaranteed to start.
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