Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Eddie Nketiah after the Englishman opened his account for the season against Wimbledon last night.
Not many Arsenal fans expected the 22-year-old striker to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the summer window. He had entered the final year of his contract and it looked certain that he would leave the club before deadline day.
However, an injury before the start of the season cost him his move. That would’ve been really hard for Nketiah, who knows he won’t get regular chances at Arsenal. However, Arteta claims he still behaves incredibly well and is an example to all of his teammates.
Arteta: Nketiah trains like a beast
The Arsenal boss said, as per The Metro: “‘I’m so proud of this kid. He hasn’t played much, there’s a lot of speculation around him. The way he trains, the way he behaves, he’s always willing to help the team. He fully deserves what happens because he trains and prepares himself like a beast.
“I think Eddie gives us a lesson every single day of how a professional should live in this job. There has been a lot of speculation around him, a lot of debate and he puts his head down, he trains harder than anyone else, he looks after himself and he supports every teammate under any circumstances.
“I’m so happy for him. It’s not a coincidence that he’s able to perform at that level and physically how he manages the game because he trains like the best every day so I am delighted for him.”
Does Nketiah have a future at Arsenal?
Nketiah started against Wimbledon yesterday and he impressed. He scored a wonderful goal and his overall performance was really good as well. However, it’s still really difficult for him to get into the team.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an undisputed starter up front. If the Arsenal skipper is moved to the flanks, Alexandre Lacazette will become our first-choice striker, which makes life difficult for Nketiah.
However, with Lacazette moving on next year and Aubameyang not getting any younger, there definitely is a spot up for grabs. But, Nketiah will have to sign a new contract to get any chance of nailing down a starting spot in the first team.