Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah has heaped praise on fellow striker Gabriel Jesus, and has claimed that he is relishing the competition upfront with him.

Nketiah has started up front for Arsenal whilst Jesus recovered from an injury at the start of the season, and he earned himself an England call-up after some impressive displays.

Jesus praised Nketiah after the United victory, and Nketiah has now returned the favour, with it clear that both players are happy about the strong competition for their starting spot.

In an England press conference, Nketiah claimed that he has a strong relationship with Jesus on and off the pitch.

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“I think Gabi’s a fantastic player and obviously a great guy off the pitch, we get on really well, so obviously it’s nice to be competing with someone of that standard and it’s certainly going to do good things for myself and him,” Nketiah stated.

“We both know that we both want to do the same thing, which is helping the team contribute more goals. I think naturally we push each other in training and we push each other in games, we’re competing.

“Obviously, we know that and it’s healthy and friendly competition. We know that sometimes we’re going to both play together, sometimes I might play, sometimes he might play, but we have that good relationship.

“We always support each other. And like we said, we all want the same thing, which is to help Arsenal so I’m sure hopefully it’ll be a great season for both of us.

Healthy competition

The two will compete for a central striking role this season, and with Jesus coming off the bench to score late on against Manchester United, Mikel Arteta now has a selection dilemma, with both forwards in excellent form.

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With Nketiah currently fully fit and in perhaps the best form of his career, it would be a shame to drop him now, but having Jesus back and available is huge, with the Brazil star missing a large chunk of last season with a knee injury.

Both strikers have different useful attributes, and perhaps their selection throughout the season could differ based on the opposition, but whilst they are both in good form, the aim should be to keep them both sharp in front of goal.

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