Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come out to praise the start of the day Eddie Nketiah, the manager said he “has not been fair” on the young player who scored twice in a rare start to stun Chelsea. The 22-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, produced two fine finishes at Stamford Bridge in only his second Premier League start of the season.
Mikel Arteta Reveals he has not been Fair to Eddie Nketia
He expressed frustration at his lack of game time and questioned his future in an interview earlier this week. Reacting to his performance now Arteta said: “I should have been playing him more.” “I said to him I haven’t been fair.” The Gunners have been in talks with Nketiah over a contract but the striker suggested he wants assurances about regular first-team football before signing a new deal. “There have been talks and offers of a new contract but at the moment I aim to play football and play regularly.”
He also said: “That’s my ambition and that’s what I hope to do but at the same time I’m at Arsenal, I love Arsenal.” The former England Under-21 forward has made just seven starts this season, with Saturday’s match at Southampton his first in the Premier League. He was behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette but with the departure of Aubameyang and Lacazette CoviCovid’se the player has been given the starting role and he did not misuse the privilege.
His double at Chelsea came a year and two days since his last Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw against Fulham. Mikel Arteta said: “What Eddie has done tonight is because of what he has done for the last 10 months and no one has noticed.” “We have other issues as well and that has not been easy. But he deserved completely what happened to him tonight.”