Mikel Arteta sends message to Gabriel Jesus & Eddie Nketiah as Arsenal goals dry up

Mikel Arteta wants more goals from his strikers.

Arsenal face Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon, with a win moving them back up to 1st-place in the Premier League.

However, Arsenal’s form has dropped off recently, drawing with Southampton and losing to PSV.

Their strikers are also struggling in front of goal. Gabriel Jesus has not scored in his last five outings.

Eddie Nketiah is also yet to score in the Premier League this season.

Now, speaking ahead of Forest, Arteta has demanded more goals from the pair:

“We need goals and we need them from our front players, that’s for sure, to win the games and give us bigger margins,” he said. “That run of lack of goals has to end for us to be in the position for us to win more matches.

“Training is very restricted [due to congested fixture schedule] but sometimes it is a lot of mental things that you can work on and discuss. With the experience that they have, it is not the first time that they have been five games without scoring a goal in their careers - it’s happened to every striker that I know of. You have to deal with it, it’s part of the job.”

Jesus also spoke about his recent form ahead of the midweek game against PSV Eindhoven, and also suggested that every striker goes through these periods but has the belief that he’ll soon be recreating his famous telephone celebration sooner rather than later:

“I feel like I’m not doing things properly like I started the season,” he said on Wednesday. “But I think we’re still doing very good. In one of the tough leagues, we are still in first position and we are playing good, but obviously we want to score more goals to win the games.

“It’s four games I’ve started and I don’t score. That’s happened before and I’m pretty sure in the future it’s going to happen again. That’s football - I don’t want it to be like this, of course. I want to improve, I want to work, like always in my life and then the next game, I try again. And I’m 100 per cent sure I will score.”

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Josh Barker

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