If Nketiah cannot score in early January we must buy a new striker

Eddie Nketiah earned a new long-term contract at Arsenal at the end of last season after some very fine performances for the Gunners.

That didn’t stop the club from signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City in the summer and the Brazilian has been the club’s number-one striker so far.

However, he was injured at the World Cup and could be out for up to three months as Mikel Arteta’s side seeks to maintain their lead at the top of the league table.

His absence is a massive blow to the Gunners, but it hands Nketiah a huge opportunity to show he is worth keeping as an alternative to Jesus.

The Englishman has done well in some Europa League matches this season. Still, he did not inspire much confidence in Arsenal’s mid-season games, exemplified by missing a sitter against Juventus.

As we bid to win an unlikely title, he must prove he can score the goals for us in the first few games of the restart. Otherwise, we must sign another striker in January.

If by mid-January, Nketiah has not started scoring consistently, we must sign someone else to get the job done. Otherwise, we could spoil our chances of winning the league.

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17 Comments

  1. Jesus wasn’t scoring consistently before the wc, so I don’t think it would be fair to hold Nketiah to a different standard. Results and overall contribution on the pitch must be the criteria.
    Either way, we can’t expect Nketiah to play every single game until jesus is fit again – everyone needs a break. We must have another option for some games. Whether we need to sign someone new to provide that option is the issue imo.

    1. Yes. If Nketiah can make his teammates score and make their jobs easier, that would be enough to make us winning the games

      I believe Arteta would like to keep Smith-Rowe motivated by making him rotate with Nketiah and Martinelli. Hopefully he’ll play well in the CF position

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  3. I think we need to buy a new striker regardless of whether Eddie is doing the business or not because he is the only option atm and if he gets injured we literally have no striker available. I believe a realistic option could be Ben Brerenton Diaz of Blackburn who only has 6 months left on his contract so if we offer them £10M-£15M I don’t see how they could turn that down. Being 6″1 he would provide some much needed height to the attack, decent finisher and can carry the ball fairly well, wouldn’t demand to be an automatic start for those who think Jesus should come straight back into the team when he is fit again so makes perfect sense to me.

  4. First of all and foremost. I which all Gooners, Gunners Arteta, Edu, the Arsenal board staff and the club owner Stan Kroenke and his family members. And all my children – sons and daughters and their husbands and children. My siblings, relatives, neighbours, acquaintances, friends and their families a very Happy Christmas celebration today and always. And a prosperous New Year 2023 to follow for all of us in Jesus Christ Name. Amen!!! And Amen!!!

  5. First of all and foremost. I wish all Gooners, Gunners Arteta, Edu, the Arsenal board staff and the club owner Stan Kroenke and his family members. And all my children – sons and daughters and their husbands and children. My siblings, relatives, neighbours, acquaintances, friends and their families a very Happy Christmas celebration today and always. And a prosperous New Year 2023 to follow for all of us in Jesus Christ Name. Amen!!! And Amen!!!

  6. A very Merry Christmas to all gooners.

    Surely Eddie is more than equipped to make the best use of this awesome opportunity.

    Firstly Edfie dosen’t have to score, a very aggressive and impressive performance creating chaos in the opposition box resulting in a win would be an awesome start in my opinion.

    Is this beyond Eddie to achieve no, and there is a 60 – 80% chance he will succeed in my opinion on boxing day, and here is why.

    1)He has adequate premier league experience.
    2)He would have been drill relentlessly over the last couple of weeks as to exactly what is expected.
    3)The rest of the team will be more organized
    drill and Tailored to mitigate his short fall.
    4)The match will be played on our home soil perfect for his gentle introduction as the main striker.
    5) He is a goal poacher that knows this is it.

    Now Eddie has seen how effective Lacazette was and now Jesus has even done it at a different level.

  7. Why wouldn’t Eddie Nkethia not score for his team Arsenal at home in the Epl against West Ham in tomorrow’s Boxing Day festive match?
    I think Nkethia may prove his doubters wrong by burying a goal or 2 and provides 2 assists for Arsenal in the match. And as a result of which Arsenal will have a resounding 4 goals to nil home win over David Moyes’ West Hammers team.
    But nevertheless, in addition to Nkethia leading the line for Arsenal pending when Gabby will return to the team. Arsenal may sign one or all the duo of Danilo at Palmeiras and Shakhata Doneskt’s Mykhayio Mudryk as soon as the next Jan transfer window is opened. And possibly, they may also sign a new top quality striker as well too. But who will the new striker be? It’s not what I can say because I don’t know him.

  8. I agree. Eddie Nketiah don’t have 3 months to justify his wages. He got until January to show Arteta that he can do it.

  9. Arteta made a huge mistake extending Nketiah’s contract. Nketiah is too average. He is League one standard striker.

  10. Even if Nketiah does score in next few games Arsenal still need a striker Jesus and, Nketiah are not prolific enough If we can get Mudryk that may help but long term we need, a twenty goal a season striker

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