Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has heaped praise on fellow forward Eddie Nketiah, claiming that the striker fully deserves the recognition he has received for his form.

Nketiah has started the season superbly, with the Englishman covering for Jesus whilst the Brazilian was injured, and has scored twice in the opening four games of the campaign.

Beyond his goals, Nketiah’s impact upfront has been important, with his movement and hold-up play proving vital in all of Arsenal’s games so far, and he has now been rewarded with an England call-up.

Speaking to Football.London, Jesus praised Nketiah, and claimed that he is relishing the competition for a place upfront.

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“First of all, competition is always good – for me and for him. In all positions when you have competition, it’s a good thing,” he stated.

“From day one, I’m a big fan of Eddie because of the way he works and the way he trains is amazing. It’s not easy to come from the academy at a massive club and fight to play in the first team.

“Congrats to him, he’s doing so well and he deserves to be called in the England national team. For me personally, it’s good competition. It’s always good for the club because for sure he’s making me better and I’m making him better as well.”

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The two strikers are perhaps Arsenal’s most in-form attackers right now, and Mikel Arteta faces a dilemma of which one to select after the international break.

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Jesus is now back from injury, and he replaced Nketiah against Manchester United to score right at the death in a sensational cameo appearance.

Nketiah performed well against United despite not scoring, and arguably does not deserve to be dropped given his form, but Jesus has also earned himself a start. With neither player likely to play out wide, one will face disappointment as Arsenal travel to Goodison Park following the break.

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