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'That's for sure': Mikel Arteta says one Arsenal player should've actually scored two goals yesterday

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports after the game against West Ham United yesterday and the Spaniard believes Eddie Nketiah should’ve scored two goals.

The Gunners went into the game high on confidence. They had picked up two impressive wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, and with the Hammers’ focus on the Europa League, many felt Arsenal were the favourites to pick up all three points.

Arteta’s men managed to win in the end but it wasn’t an easy game at all. The Gunners were really sloppy and just couldn’t get going. It was their two centre-halves who scored and got them the win in the end, but Arsenal did have chances.

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Nketiah had four shots on goal against the Hammers and on another day, he may well have scored twice.

Mikel Arteta: Eddie Nketiah could’ve scored two goals for Arsenal vs West Ham

The Arsenal boss was happy that his side picked up the victory, but he was far from pleased with the performance. He branded his side as sloppy but then claimed they were efficient and clinical when it mattered.

He also went on to say Nketiah could’ve scored twice, which is a fair assessment, in our opinion.

Arteta said: “We didn’t play so well. Today, we won ugly. With the ball, we were really poor. We lacked composure, and dominance to play the game we wanted to play, but we found a way through set pieces, through defending extremely well, through not conceding anything apart from the goal.

“To make it sustainable, we have to play much better than we did against Chelsea and Manchester United, but today, we were clinical and really efficient when we were attacking their box.

“Eddie could’ve scored another two, but we didn’t generate the situations that we wanted, that’s for sure.”

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Arsenal were arguably lucky to come away with the three points. West Ham were the better side at times and on another day, they could’ve easily beat the Gunners.

However, Arteta’s right about Nketiah. The striker’s movement yesterday was really good and he got himself in some great positions. He had four shots at goal and ex-Gunner Lukasz Fabianski denied him twice with excellent saves.

Even without a goal yesterday, Nketiah really caught our eye. He remained a constant threat to West Ham, used his body well to hold play up at times and even got in behind the Hammers’ defence on a few occasions.

The young Englishman is really making a name for himself in the final few games of the season. His stock has certainly gone up and it won’t be a surprise to see multiple clubs make an offer to sign him when his contract expires in July.

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