Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted rising star Eddie Nketiah could be in line for a start against Leeds in their Premier League match on Sunday as reported by Leeds Live.
The 21-year-old has been limited to just one start in the league this season. He has largely been used as a substitute, with the more experienced Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, things could be about to change in north London. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Arteta was full of praise for the youngster.
Nketiah extended his England U21 goal-scoring record by notching a brace in the 5-0 thrashing of Albania on Tuesday. He also missed a penalty.
“(Nketiah is) another one fighting and knocking on the door every day. I really like his mentality,” Arteta said.
“He scored two and came to the training ground and said ‘I should have scored four’. That’s the type of ambition and hunger you want from players.”
Nketiah – lack of Arsenal goals
Nketiah has made eight appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring his only goal of the campaign against West Ham in September.
That’s two short of Lacazette’s tally in the top flight this season. But then Arsenal have managed only nine goals in their eight matches so far, signalling a change up front may be much needed.
Disastrous result against Villa
The side looked particularly toothless in their last league game before the international break, when they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa.
That humiliating result was their fourth loss in 2020/21 already, and has left them sitting in 11th place.
Now they will look to bounce back when they travel to Elland Road this weekend.
They will have to do so without Thomas Partey, though. The Ghanaian midfielder picked up a thigh strain in the Villa game and will be unavailable against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Partey is joined on the sidelines by Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac. The pair returned positive coronavirus tests while on international duty, meaning they can’t be considered for selection.
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