This season, manager Mikel Arteta feels he has been unfair with Eddie Nketiah following the striker’s brace against Chelsea in the Premier League.
The Gunners graduate recently started his first league game in a year but could not make an impact as the club suffered a 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
Arteta handed him another start against the Blues, with Gabriel Martinelli surprisingly featuring on the bench. The decision proved worthwhile.
Nketiah took advantage of a loose back pass from Andreas Christensen before showing excellent composure to convert past the advancing Edouard Mendy.
There was a moment of pinball within the box, but the 22-year-old was fully alert and poked home a shot that found the bottom left corner of Chelsea’s net.
The Gunners eventually sealed a stunning 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge last night. Speaking after the game, Arteta acknowledged his mistake on Nketiah.
The Spanish tactician said that he has been unfair with him this campaign, and he should have had more courage to play him regularly in recent months.