Arsenal dropped their first points of the season in a disappointing draw at home to Fulham, and changes may need to be made ahead of their next game.

There were two changes from the side who beat Crystal Palace on Monday, with Jakub Kiwior replacing the suspended Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Leandro Trossard replacing Eddie Nketiah upfront.

Whilst Trossard did deserve to start following an excellent pre-season, the decision to drop Nketiah was a surprising one given his strong performance at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal were poor overall as they went into half-time 1-0 down, and Nketiah replaced Trossard during the break, perhaps indicating that Mikel Arteta felt he made the wrong decision over his starting lineup.

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Nketiah was excellent yet again, with his presence upfront helping Arsenal attack with more fluidity, and scored with a clinical finish to give Arsenal the lead in the second half.

He has now scored twice in two starts this season, and also won the penalty which saw Arsenal win at Palace.

Nketiah needs to come back in

The draw against Fulham has put extra pressure on Arsenal ahead of next week’s clash against Manchester United, and it is clear that Nketiah has to come back in to lead the line.

Trossard did himself no favours with his first-half display, with the 28-year-old struggling to get into the game or trouble Fulham’s centre-backs at all, and Nketiah’s attacking movement will be crucial against Man United.

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Nketiah scored a brace last time he faced the Red Devils, as the Gunners won 3-2 in January, after which he was described as “brilliant,” and he should be given the chance to face them again.

Whilst Gabriel Jesus made his return from injury during the Fulham draw, he will need time to build up his match fitness, and given Nketiah’s form right now, the 24-year-old should be given the nod in attack.

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