Eddie Nketiah says it’s a ‘great feeling’ getting to train alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette on a daily basis and that he’s picked up a few tips from the duo.
The 18-year-old made headlines when he bagged a brace off the bench to down Norwich in the Carabao Cup and he’s since made his Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League debuts.
While Nketiah has a long way to go to prove he can compete with his senior peers – you only have to look at the limited opportunities afforded to former Academy hopefuls Benik Afobe, Chuba Akpom, Jay Simpson, Sanchez Watt, Jay Bothroyd – his desire to learn from them continues to shine through.
“I’ve been watching their movement, how they finish in front of goal,” said Nketiah.
“Everyone has a different style, so I’m just trying to pick up a few things from them.
“They’re world class strikers, so to be able to train with them and learn from them is a great feeling. I just want to keep working hard by learning from the best.”
Alongside his first-team duties, the England youth international has also been banging in the goals for Arsenal’s under-23s ( he has 10 in 12 games at Premier League 2 level) helping Steve Gatting’s side to within a point of leaders Leicester with just three games of the season remaining.
Winning a title wouldn’t be a bad end to a whirlwind nine months for a youngster who has more targets on the horizon.
“I’ve got a few more targets in my head but I want to keep them a bit more personal,” he said.
“I’ve definitely achieved some of them in terms of scoring for the first-team and making my competitive debut.
“I’m just looking forward and setting myself new targets every time I achieve an old one. it’s all about continuing to exceed those targets because there’s always something you can aspire to, something to beat.”