Mikel Arteta have gained approval from the pundits for his decision to drop Eddie Nketiah. Alan Shearer and Ian Wright agreed that it was the right decision by Mikel Arteta. Furthermore, Arteta dropped Nketiah for the recent match against Leicester City. Leicester City suffered a loss 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday. Nketiah is the backup striker for the Gunners. And have been starting since Gabriel Jesus’ injury. But the young player have failed to score in the last four matches he started. Furthermore with Gabriel Martinelli and January signing Leandro Trossard both competing for a place in starting line-ups, Mikel Arteta decides to start them both. Arteta opted to start both versatile players together at the match against the Foxes. Leandro Trossard played down the middle, whereas Martinelli was seen in his usual left-wing role.
Mikel Arteta decided to drop Eddie Nketiah
Arteta’s call to start Trossard in the middle proved to be a masterstroke. As the player did score a belter only for it to be ruled out by VAR. However, Martinelli scored the only goal in the match which got the Gunners their win. It will interesting to see what Mikel Arteta decides next for Eddie Nketiah in their next match against Everton. Ian Wright commented on the decision of Mikel Arteta of benching the player. He said,
“I feel for Eddie, I think it kind of fell off for him a little bit. I am hearing that he has had a knock for a few weeks, so that might be the reason that has happened.”
Alan Shearer further added,
“I think it’s the right decision to leave Eddie out, I think he needs a bit of rest. I think, after the Manchester City game, he missed a couple of big chances. He had a couple of big chances last week. He’s been great because the question was put to him. Who is going to come in after Jesus got injured? And he came in, did well and stood up. But I think he has found it tough of late, so I think it’s the right call to sit him out for a game or two and give Trossard a chance down the middle.”
Ian Wright further added,
“We are talking about somebody who has come in and he’s really had to take the baton and run with it and keep Arsenal where they are. Arsenal started well. He came in and did that. I think that might be a strain on him as well because he is somebody that’s not played a lot of football, so that might be having an effect – it’s good management.”
Arsenal are back on their winning ways after their three-game blip. Furthermore, Mikel Arteta would be hoping for his team to continue with this progress.
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