Former Premier League striker questions Eddie Nketiah’s attacking ability following Arsenal’s narrow win

Sep 19, 2023

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Following Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League victory for Arsenal against Everton, Newcastle United veteran Alan Shearer questioned Eddie Nketiah’s ability to steal players.

During their most recent visit to Goodison Park, the Gunners continued their undefeated streak in the current 2023–24 season. In the 69th minute, Leandro Trossard netted the game-winning goal with a beautiful left-footed drive.

The 24-year-old Nketiah began his fourth consecutive Premier League game of the current season against the Toffees. He struggled throughout his 66-minute performance, managing only one shot and making five of seven passes.

Shearer discussed the Arsenal striker on Premier League Productions and expressed scepticism about his abilities. He said, “We will continue to have discussions to say: ‘Is he elite? And the top-draw striker that Arsenal need to go to that next level?’ We will keep on asking those questions because it’s important that when he gets the opportunity like he has done, then he has to take them.”

“I just thought there were two or three occasions against Everton, one being the disallowed goal. There were a couple in that second half where I was thinking: ‘Come on. Get on the end of it and into the six-yard box and that little tap-in, like all great strikers do’. It was just a split second where he was slow. Until he does that, then those questions are still going to be asked.”

In light of Gabriel Jesus’ knee problem this season, Nketiah, who has been playing with the north London team since 2015, has been depended upon frequently. He has scored twice thus far, once in a 2-2 tie with Fulham and once in a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

With 13 points after five games, Arsenal, which mounted an improbable Premier League title campaign last season, is presently in fourth place. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also on similar terms. The Gunners’ next scheduled game is their UEFA Champions League encounter on Wednesday against PSV Eindhoven.

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