Is Eddie Nketiah saving Arsenal millions in the transfer market?

The debate over whether Eddie Nketiah is ready to lead Arsenal’s attack in the months ahead before Gabriel Jesus returns isn’t going away any time soon, at least not while the transfer window is still open.

Some believe Arteta simply needs to go out and sign a reliable striker to lead their attack in the absence of their injured number 9. So far, all of Arsenal’s attacking transfer links have mentioned Mykhailo Mudryk as a possible new signing. Is Mudryk a natural striker? He isn’t, which raises the question of whether Arsenal signing him will fill Jesus’ void.

Other than Mudryk’s swoop, there’s a feeling Arteta may need to move for a striker. Some transfer links name Atletico Madrid striker Felix as a player who could join Arsenal on loan, but Felix’s links are fraught with uncertainty, leading one to believe his swoop won’t happen.

So, if Felix is not signed, one might wonder if Nketiah can be trusted. Martin Keown believes Nketiah is working hard to lead Arsenal’s attack effectively. In fact, the Premier League expert believes Nketiah will save Arteta millions that he could have used to sign another striker.

“I think Nketiah coming in, he is saving Arsenal a bit of money up there — saving Arsenal having to sign a striker. He is working tirelessly,” Keown told talkSPORT.

Do you think Nketiah can finally prove himself on Arteta’s team? He already has two goals in his last three league starts.

Daniel O


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  1. He needs to be judged on more than just scoring 2 goals in 3 games. Time will tell, but have we got the time for him to prove he’s the one?

    1. He has 7 in his last 10 prem starts since April 20th 2022 so it’s not 2 in 3 really is it? He has 11 in 12 at Emirates all comps as well. The U21 England all-time goalscoring record from his youth days. At what point has he proved he can score goals?

      Nobody is arguing he is Haaland but given I saw regular comments that he was Championship level at best after Jesus’ injury I am confused by the way people have seemingly set their stall out against him against all evidence in his career thus far and most importantly his recent goalscoring form directly in the Prem.

  2. As so often is the case in JA areticles, especially in Patricks, but also in this one, the wrong question is asked of us(generally in the last sentence!).

    It is not a question of Nketiah having to prove himself, as he is already a valuable member of our top class but limited in depth squad. NOT OUR BEST PLAYER PLAINLY, BUT VALUABLE ALL THE SAME!

    What SHOULD be asked is how many more forwards does a club of our standing need; is it one, two or three! Plain obviousness tells all sensible Gooners that compared to City, we are way understaffed in attack , with a winger and CAM also urgently needed.

    To ask can we get away with just Eddie as our main striker, for who knows how long to come, is obviously a nonsense question.

    1. I’m curious if you’ve ever actually looked at City’s depth? Hint: They have less numbers in those positions than us so we aren’t understaffed at all.

      City’s depth is over-exaggerated by almost everyone because they rarely have injuries up front, their backup players are barely a drop-off in quality, and most players can play 2+ positions. Pep manages this small squad by rotating a lot (and being lucky like we are with Martinelli and Saka that they are rarely injured).

      Arteta is pushing for the same system of squad depth by getting players that can play multiple positions: White, Vieira, Jesus, Zinchenko.

      Sure, we could get another player in January, but the priority isn’t just bringing in numbers; rather, it’s that the player challenges Martinelli, Saka straight away.

      1. Indeed their ability to interchange roles and the fact they have had limited midfield/frontline injuries means there has been no pressure on City in that regard

        City’s frontline is Haaland (Sold Jesus), Alvarez (Sold Sterling), Grealish, Foden and Mahrez. They have 5 established players in that position and haven’t played a youth player in that role this season. They also sold Torres and haven’t really replaced that gap almost certainly wage bill constraints to get the Haaland deal over the line. If they were missing Haaland (Jesus) and Mahrez (ESR) they would have issues with subs in attack right now. That is without Nelson who was our 6th that they didn’t have.

        Silva/De Bruyne can play there but are part of a 6-man midfield 3 in Silva, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Palmer and Phillips. Would hardly call Palmer established either. So shifting Silva out wide shifts the strain to central midfield. Where they bought Phillips (Fernandinho retired.)

  3. OT: Newcasle exit the FA CUP at Sheffield Wednesday after Howe began with a very weakened team By the time he brought on some of his key players Newcastle were one down and then it became two down a minute or two later. Howe finally then brought on the cavalry but it was too late and the Toon are out.

    EH made the wrong call by starting a weakened team and I am glad he did ; one less big competitor to face now.

    He plainly underestimated Wednesday, who look way too good for league one and will surely be promoted this season.

    1. Did he actually make a wrong call? Their priority is CL- nothing else. If they get CL, it’s easier to attract players that make them title contenders immediately. Getting out of the cup earlier improves that possibility immensely because their backup players are a big drop in quality and now their game load will be easy to maintain.

    2. To be fair Newcastle should of won but just couldn’t score. Their xG was insane verus Wednesday’s just one of those days for them really. No fan of the way EH set up against us but can’t say he got wrong when his team dominated and just missed all the chances they had.

      Would also argue that not having the FA Cup on top of not having Europe is an advantage to this fledgling rich club Newcastle that seems to have found a good 1st 11. My immediate reaction to them losing was disappointment even if I do doubt their ability to finish above us, every little helps at this level.

  4. I think top managers at top clubs work with having some positive things in mind of a correct guide to guide themselves correctly in their decisions making as it affects their teams.
    Such as having a very strong bench consisting of top quality players sitting on it. Who can start in any top games and perform in them efficiently at all times for the team. And serve as a top guarantee for any key players in the team who is sidelined with injury having.
    I am one of the advocates for Nkethia to be having a regular playing time in matches for Arsenal. Either coming off the bench as a substitute or start a match especially in the Epl for his team.
    And he has now appeared to have gotten what he wanted as a starter starting matches for Arsenal this season in the Europa League and ELC games. And of late, he has started thrice consecutively in the Epl standing in for the absence of the team lead striker Gabriel Jesus. Where he has scored twice in three starts as us all have known.
    But what if something happens to him and he can’t play? Or if Arteta needs to introduce another top Gunner striker into the match to help influence the outcome of the match to the favour of Arsenal as the match pans on but can’t rely or trust those on the bench to do wharf he wants for him? As us saw in our last home Epl match againsr Newcaste. When only Tomiyasu was brought on,
    So this is the crucial reasons why the club hierarchy bosses are being called upon to critically considered signing a new top quality striker who fits the club’s new set of young age profile recruitment to address this glaringly shortcoming currently existing at the Arsenal centreforward position in the team.
    And ultimately addressed it this winter window by signing a new top league regular goals scorer at the top level of the game. Even if it is on loan with option to sign him permanently later next summer. But if he does very well for the team while on loan.

  5. Are is supposed to buy Mykhaylo Mudryk, first of all, they’re the players who knows what and where to play! This is because it’s their desire and choices. I watched enough of Mudryk’s playing style videos! He’s such a nice attacking guy, he won’t easily flop, I see. In addition to that, Arsenal club, fans and the entire glob, all of our eyes, we’re looking at Mr. Mikel Arteta what could be his way forward because at least this season we’re expecting to lift a trophy!!! Two decades ago no premiere league trophies, Ucl or any of the Europa league??? Arsenal is a big club in the world and everyone knows that. Our happiness is to see Arteta lifting the trophy!

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