Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sends message to Eddie Nketiah

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sent a message to Eddie Nketiah after the striker’s mini resurgence in the club's colours.

Nketiah has been on the fringes of Arsenal’s squad all season and is currently set to leave for free in the summer.

However, with Alexandre Lacazette battling Covid-19, Nketiah was handed starts in the Gunners' last two matches, one of which saw him score a brace vs Chelsea in midweek.

Now, on the back of said display, Mikel Arteta has urged Nketiah to use Emile Smith Rowe as an example of how to recover from a negative spell:

“If you have that character and that quality, to show it immediately or very quickly, things can turn very quickly,” the Arsenal boss explained. “Look what happened with Eddie in the last two weeks.

“In football anything can happen. Emile had three months out with his shoulder and a lot of things happened, he was getting back and he was looking really good, and we decided to give him the opportunity.

“But then he had to step in and he had to perform. He has done it really consistently and especially this season as well with the amount of goals he is scoring.

“Eddie has this capacity. What he needs is opportunity, time and support, especially when he has difficult moments. If you are ready and prepared to do it, I am sure he will be successful.”

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Nketiah’s next chance to prove himself in an Arsenal shirt is expected to come on Saturday vs Manchester United.

The game is a must-win for Mikel Arteta’s side. The Gunners are still firmly in the top-four picture, sitting three points adrift of Tottenham in 4th with one game in hand.

And though Arsenal were in dismal form prior to their downing of Chelsea, and are facing up to a number of injury issues, they will still likely fancy their chances of getting a result against Manchester United.

Ralf Rangnick’s side have won just one of their last five matches across all competitions. And even that only came against Championship-bound Norwich City, who have the worst attack and second-worst defensive record in the Premier League.

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Josh Barker

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