Paul Merson has claimed that one of Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah’s chances against Crystal Palace on Monday reminded him of Gunners legend Ian Wright.

The 24-year-old has started each of our first two games in the Premier League this season, and he has looked really good. Nketiah’s performance in front of goal against Palace, however, has attracted some criticism, and Merson has now added to it on Sportskeeda.

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Paul Merson says Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah reminded him of Ian Wright

Eddie Nketiah deserves a lot of praise for his role at Arsenal.

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The Englishman is clearly not the first choice at the club, but he still puts in a shift every single time he’s on the pitch, and that’s exactly why Mikel Arteta loves him.

With Gabriel Jesus out injured, Nketiah has had to lead our line in our first two games, and he has been brilliant in our opinion. He scored against Nottingham Forest and had two huge chances to find the net against Crystal Palace as well.

The £100,000-a-week forward’s first chance against the Eagles saw him hit the post, and Merson has claimed that the move reminded him of Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

He said: “Eddie Nketiah’s first chance against Crystal Palace was brilliantly done, and his sharpness reminded me of Ian Wright.

“But you can’t miss the chances that Nketiah missed for Arsenal the other day. You don’t get extra goals for chipping goalkeepers, and he’s got to start putting those chances away.”

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It would’ve been frustrating for Nketiah to see his two shots miss the goal, but there are still a lot of positives to take from his performances so far this season.

The 24-year-old is getting better and better every time we see him, and we’re certain he will score more goals in the coming weeks and months – we even back him to find the net against Fulham this weekend.

Gabriel Jesus is back in training for Arsenal after his knee issue. He may not be fully ready for the game on Saturday, but his return will definitely push Nketiah even more.

That can only be a good thing for Arsenal.

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