Mikel Arteta was full of reward for Eddie Nketiah when questioned on the ahead’s probabilities of beginning within the Premier League in opposition to Burnley after impressing within the Europa League win in opposition to Dundalk.
The 4-2 win in opposition to the Irish outfit on Thursday night time marked Nketiah’s fifth aim of the season, making him the membership’s high scorer throughout all competitions to this point this time period.
Arteta said in his pre-match preview that it was the 21-year-old’s ‘hunger’ and ‘ability’ to attain targets ‘consistently’ was the rationale that himself and the membership determined in opposition to loaning Nketiah out this season.
The Spaniard added that Nketiah is performing ‘really well’, noting the stable efficiency in opposition to Dundalk, however refusing to state whether or not he’d characteristic in opposition to the Clarets in a must-win sport.
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“Since we decided to keep Eddie at the club and not send him on loan, the main reason was because we saw his hunger and we saw his ability to score goals consistently.”
“He’s been doing that since he joined the first-team, he’s performing really well, last night again he was a threat all the time and he has chances like everybody else to start the game on Sunday.”
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Nketiah has now contributed 12 targets in 54 appearances for Arsenal’s first-team, which is significantly better than it comes throughout (it’s good for a younger gamers regardless) as loads his motion has come as an alternative, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette largely main the road.
With the Londoner smashing the England Under-21s report held by legends Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers, it’s clear that he’s a pure goalscorer.
Considering that Arsenal have misplaced 5 of their final seven Premier League video games, largely owing to their lack of creativity and thus targets, Nketiah deserves an opportunity a minimum of to start in opposition to Burnley.