Mikel Arteta and Eddie Nketiah perhaps haven’t always seen eye-to-eye this season, with the Arsenal manager not giving as many opportunities to the young striker as desired.
Alexandre Lacazette’s issues with Covid-19 changed that this week, with Nketiah finally getting the chance to make some starts. He rewarded the opportunity with a brace away at Stamford Bridge in Arsenal’s 4-2 win.
Perhaps the current circumstances could spark a revival for Arteta and Nketiah’s relationship, and they certainly agreed on one thing on Wednesday night – the importance of fighting for the fans.
“I know that our fans have been disappointed in the last two weeks, because of the expectation we have created for them,” Arteta admitted. “Thankfully today we give them something back.”
“We’re going to go for it,” Nketiah said of a top-four challenge.
“We want to push and give everything these last six weeks or however long is left and I think we’re right in race and we believe in ourselves, we want to do it for the fans, so we’re going to give it our all until the end of the season.”
Thanks largely to Nketiah’s limited minutes this season, Wednesday’s goals were his first and second of the Premier League campaign.
In all competitions, Eddie has seven goals and one assist in 784 minutes this season, a goal contribution every 98 minutes (or every 109 minutes in the league).
Certainly not bad at all, and probably enough to see him keeping his place in the side against Manchester United this weekend.
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