Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Paul Merson has been discussing Eddie Nketiah and his recent remarkable resurgence at Arsenal.
The young striker has had to step up after Gabriel Jesus’ injury, and to say that he has done a job for Arsenal would be an understatement.
He’s in the form of his career and he doesn’t look like slowing down one bit.
Merson says that he thought Nketiah could do a job for Arsenal for a few games, but he states that he never expected the attacker to be so brilliant for so long.
Merson doubted Nketiah
The pundit discussed the forward.
“I thought Eddie Nketiah would do a job for three, four, five games. I didn’t think he’d do it over this amount of games,” Merson wrote.
“I like him as a goalscorer. I played with and against Gary Lineker, when the ball used to hit the post, he’d tap it in, and people would say, ‘oh, that was easy’. But no one else was there, pushing him out the way to score. That’s the thing with Nketiah.
“He scored at Brighton the other week, and there was no way (Gabriel) Jesus was scoring that. He scored again on Sunday when there was no way Jesus was scoring that.
“He’s been outstanding. He’s lively and he’s been very good outside the box. He’s scored big goals at big times.
“But when you’ve got those players behind you, you’ve got every chance of scoring goals. They’re completely and utterly on top of their games.”
Proving everyone wrong
Merson says that he didn’t expect Nketiah to have this sort of impact when replacing Jesus, but who did?
Nobody saw this coming from Nketiah. The striker has surpassed every single expectation, and now, Mikel Arteta has a decision to make when Jesus returns.
Arsenal have unearthed so many young gems in recent years, and it looks like Nketiah is now finally fulfilling his potential.
Who knows what the future holds for Nketiah? He’s on a remarkable upwards trajectory right now.