Martin Keown heaps praise on Arsenal man for stepping up

Eddie Nketiah scored a brace as Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-2 in the Premier League yesterday.

The goals mean he continued his fine form since he filled in for the injured Gabriel Jesus and now Arsenal do not need the Brazilian to return soon.

Jesus joined in the summer and was the Gunners’ main man in attack. He impressed greatly but returned from the Qatar 2022 World Cup injured, which could sideline him for up to three months.

The Gunners were urged to sign a new frontman, with many fans and pundits playing down the impact Nketiah could have on the team.

However, the Englishman has been in terrific form so far and Keown praised him for stepping up.

The former Gunner writes in his column in the Daily Mail:

“Eddie Nketiah scored twice and he has been a massive tonic for Mikel Arteta. He knows what he’s getting from the others, but for Nketiah to come in and perform and score goals like he has is a huge bonus.”

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Nketiah has been superb in the last few weeks and has justified why Mikel Arteta and his teammates backed him to do well.

The striker is different from Jesus, but he also offers so much more in attack and now Arteta must think of how to use both frontmen when the Brazilian is fit.

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  1. It’s now certain that we will not be buying any striker. Not now and not in the summer. Nketiah has showed he himself to be more than capable of stepping up when needed. Balogun will be 3rd choice. So no Vlahovic or Osimhen. Shock horror!!!

    1. dgr8xt, your post flies in the face of all sensible analysis of where our team is going and what we need to improve it.

      As you say “its certain we will not buy a striker, even in the summer”, I WILL GLADLY BET YOU WE DO BUY ONE COME SUMMER, THOUGH NOT IN JANUARY. A side that seems certain to be at least in the top two, going into next season and in the CL, cannot possibly rely on BALOGUN as a supplementary striker.

      You post strikes me as naive, to say the least!

      1. God you are so pompous.

        There is nothing wrong with Balogun as 3rd striker. Most clubs don’t even have a proper one, not even City.

        1. Bob 123, You are extremely personally rude young man and have no right to call me pompous as you know nothing about me. I had every right to calll dgr8xt’s post naive, as it was.

      2. City has no 3rd choice striker. So I don’t see how Balogun will be a bad one for us. And you seem not to have noticed that Nketiah is getting better the more he plays. His all round game keeps improving with every match. So why would we spend about €100m on Vlahovic or Osimhen when we still have Jesus?

        1. Well it’s as clear as day we won’t sign a striker in this transfer window and Jesus will be allowed to recover properly from his injury.

          Eddie has really step up to the plate and seems to improve with every game, he has certainly justified his £100,000 a week salary.

          Having said that with the team functioning as a unit this gives the gaffer a nice little breathing space to strengthen the spine of the squad.

      3. You have the right to call someone’s post naive but no one has the right to call you pompous? What a hypocrite.

        Humility is a virtue Jon and tell you what? It’s indeed far from you. You don’t know it all Jon

  2. All we now need is a DM
    Our team is full
    A DM to replace Alneny and swap Patino for lakonga and we have a full 25 man squad
    We don’t need another player until Xhaka and Partey leave

  3. Worth more than his weight in gold – Eddie Nketiah is. Considering all the 100M-plus-rated strikers we were linked to last summer (Victor Osimken, Dusan Vlahovic) re-signing keeping Eddie for the measly 100K pw could be the signing of the season….for the entire league, too!

  4. That’s true considering how Belagun is faring in France, we only need Rice to complete the jigsaw.

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