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'You don't want to be involved': Arsenal ace opens up on 'frustration' under Arteta

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Arsenal striker and newly-crowned England under-21 skipper Eddie Nketiah has had his say on his lack of game time under Mikel Arteta over the last few weeks.

The young Englishman was viewed by many as the future of our club. Nketiah has performed brilliantly for our youth teams, and his record of 12 goals in 25 senior starts is not bad at all for a player of his age.

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However, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both ahead of him in the pecking order, there have been many games since the turn of the year where Nketiah hasn’t even made the bench.

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The 21-year-old has now voiced his frustration. He has claimed that he is capable of playing regularly for Arsenal, and has admitted that being left out of the side has been hugely frustrating for him.

He said, as per The Daily Mail: “It’s been a difficult month or so for myself. I have worked hard and stayed dedicated and that has added to the frustration. It is a part of football but one that you don’t want to be involved in.

“I believe in my ability so obviously I think I am capable of playing and helping the team. It is frustrating not playing but you have to channel that frustration in a good way, use your time wisely to work hard and prepare for when that opportunity arises.”

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The Insider’s View:

Nketiah is in a very difficult position. He’s clearly nowhere near the top of Arteta’s pecking order, and the fact that he will enter the final year of his contract this summer makes things far from ideal for Arsenal as well.

The Gunners have to make a final decision on Nketiah’s future very soon.

We have already let his value plummet by letting him enter the final 18 months of his deal. Arsenal either have to extend his contract or sell him once the summer window opens.

If Arteta’s recent decisions are anything to go by, the chances of the latter happening are far bigger.

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