Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made a few really brave decisions since he took charge the club.
His treatment of Mesut Ozil and William Saliba was heavily criticised and his decision to push Matteo Guendouzi out of the side sparked some controversy at the time as well.
The Arsenal boss has always been adamant that his decisions regarding the above-mentioned players were the right ones. However, he has now come out and admitted that one of his recent decisions is really hurting him.
Arteta has left Eddie Nketiah out of the Premier League squad in each of our last five games. He was an unused substitute in the Europa League games against Benfica and he hasn’t played a single minute of football since the start of February.
That has increased the speculation surrounding the Englishman’s future. Arteta accepted blame for not using Nketiah more often and admitted that he will have to have an honest chat with him about his future this summer.
Arteta: It hurts to leave Nketiah out
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “Well, when we’re talking about management, this is one of the hazards to leave someone like Eddie out of the squad, but at the moment everybody has been fit and we have so many options up front.
“But it hurts as well because of how Eddie behaves and trains every day and because he’s a player from our academy, but he will have his chance. He needs to be patient and he’s showing no signs of lacking attitude or anything like that, it’s the complete opposite.
“He’s a joy to work with and he deserves minutes and if he doesn’t get it, it’s just my fault. He needs to play and we’ve been wanting to use him a little bit more on some occasions and we didn’t.
“To be fair, when he’s played, he’s played well, but at his age and for what he’s done the last two or three seasons, he needs more minutes. It’s something we have to talk about openly and make the right decision.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Nketiah’s future is really up in the air. The Englishman will have just a year left on his contract this summer, and with the number of players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, it will be really difficult for him to become a regular.
The Daily Star recently claimed that West Ham United are eyeing a move for Nketiah. A move to the London Stadium will really suit the Arsenal man, but, will we be making a mistake by selling him?
There is a very good chance Nketiah will turn out to be a top goalscorer in the coming years. It doesn’t look like it will be at Arsenal, but it would be a very smart move to include a buy-back option in his contract if we sell him very soon.