Mikel Arteta has preferred Lacazette in Arsenal’s attack despite his poor goalscoring record this season. Nketiah, who has started just one Premier League game this season has scored three goals in all competitions. The Arsenal forward was impressive in England Under-21s game against Albania and scored twice in the 5-0 win.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright suggests its time for Nketiah to capitalise on Lacazette’s poor goalscoring form. Speaking on Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast the Gunners legend said “We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe for just for himself, just to have a rest. Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself. Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring because he can get in the box and he can finish, he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.
He should have forced himself by now, especially with Laca. If he had gone on loan at the start of the season and Laca’s in the form he’s in, people would probably be saying, “What did you sent Eddie out on loan for? He should be there! The fact is, if I had to speak to Eddie, I’d be saying, “Listen, I don’t know if you’ve recognised it but your opportunity is right now. As a No.9 if you want to play that role, it’s now. Because you’ve got a No.9 at the moment who has low confidence, he brings so much to the team, but at the same time, if the manager has somebody that is a goal threat and doing that pretty well, he’d probably play you. He needs to get angry.“