Arteta happy with Arsenal’s “best in the world” centre-forwards

Arsenal appears to be even stronger this season than they were previously. Even if the Gunners are better situated than they were, many believe they aren’t as efficient as they should be in one position: striking. The Gunners aren’t getting what they deserve from their forwards.

Gabriel Jesus’ injury problems have become frustrating, while Eddie Nketiah is inconsistent (he might score a hat trick today and then fail to make an impact tomorrow).

Nonetheless, Mikel Arteta believes in his No. 9s. The Spaniard recently defended the pair, calling them “world-best players.”

“They (Jesus and Nketiah) are great and I am happy to have them and for me, they are the best in the world. That is my assessment,” Arteta told reporters when asked if would delve into the transfer market in January.

“I would love to have them all but at the moment, no. Maybe in two weeks the picture will be different, I will have them back and it will be better.

“But as well, there is an opportunity for the rest to shine.”

Mikel Arteta’s remarks about his strikers are fascinating. We’ll have to wait and watch whether he stays with them and doesn’t sign another quality striker. But do you believe Arsenal can avoid adding a striker during the winter transfer window? In any case, given how highly the boss regards them, the two must reward his faith. Nketiah should find consistency, and Gabriel Jesus should try to stay fit.

Darren N

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  1. I personally wouldn’t say they are world class but i understand arteta when he said that he is just trying to protect his players from the media and show them that he trust the two CF to deliver trophies this season, the only signing arsenal will make in January is a CM and will try to get one or two CF position will wait until the summer incase the performance of Jesus and Nketiah doesn’t improve in terms of goals.

  2. Arteta is showing belief in his players, nothing surprising from a manager. However many accept that neither is remotely close to world class, however fanciful the manager’s praise.

    It reminds me of some of Wenger’s teams where we always appeared 1 or 2 players short of completing a title winning team. Often it was a striker and DM we lacked.

    Unfortunately, in my opinion we are still a striker and B2B midfielder short of becoming a finished team. Neither Havertz or any current healthy player is suitable.

    Partey and Jesus are far too injury prone, and an even fit Jesus isn’t enough IMO. Nketiah tries, but he just isn’t the answer either; we need a 20 goal threat up top, and I think that is the key to have our attack sharp and ever dangerous.

  3. Titles are won by hitting the back of the net, Arteta protects his players, l love Jesus and Nketiah but l don’t think they will give us enough goals to dominate the Premiership. We need a striker that hits the back of the net on regular basis, it’s not bad to have a 3rd forward. Osihmen maybe expensive but Vlahovic we can afford, he will get us to titles. I remember at one time City had Aguero, Dzeko and Ballotelli and guess what happened. Having Jesus, Nketiah and Vlahovic will do us good depthwise and optionally. I have opted for Vlahovic l believe he will be much cheaper than lvan Toney and agewise as well

  4. Arteta has to say this , he wouldn’t say anything else but it’s stretching it a bit to call these two best in the world.

  5. We scored enough goals last season to put us thereabouts so we can only hope for the same this season but maybe a fit or better defense makes the difference this time around

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