Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Emery: Welbeck injury can open door for Nketiah

Unai Emery says that it’s too soon to talk about the January transfer window in relation to the injury suffered by Danny Welbeck, and that he’s got his eye on an ‘internal solution’ the gap that the England international will leave in the squad.

It’s expected that the 27 year old will out for some time following the ‘significant ankle injury‘ he sustained against Sporting on Thursday night, but rather than immediately think about spending money the Spaniard is considering filling the gap from within.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Wolves, he said, “The first is to look inside.

“We have one striker who is working well in the Under 23s and improving also in Eddie Nketiah,” he said.

“He can have chances, it’s too early to speak about the possibility of January.”

Nektiah was set to come on against Sporting for what would have been his first appearance of the season, but an injury to Stephan Lichtsteiner forced a rethink and Ainsley Maitland-Niles was introduced instead.

The 18 year old could get the nod against Vorskla later this month as the Gunners league schedule demands rotation with games against Sp*rs and Man Utd in quick succession.

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O. Santi cazorla


Reiss Nelson is on fire in Germany!!!

A Different George

I watched the last part of the Hoffenheim match–from the time he came on. Scored in two minutes, as apparently everyone knew he would. In fairness, a hard shot came in from the right, the keeper sent it to the right, and Reiss ran in and side-footed it into a semi-open goal, pretty easy, though it required keeping his composure. Of course, if you are lucky like that every game, it isn’t luck, is it?

A Different George

The keeper sent it to the left, sorry.


He’s better than Sancho in my opinion.

Faisal Narrage

Why is such comparison even necessary? Let him enjoy his loan and development without such unneeded comparisons.


To be perfectly honest the finish was as easy as it gets, but what’s more impressive was his desire to run past his watching defender into the box to get that tap in.

He was in a dangerous position for a shot in previous attack as well but his teammate (Kramaric) opted for a shot rather than a pass.

Looks like he’s got great technique, movement and composure infront of goal.


Our young hit man is the future.


as soon as i knew how bad welbecks injury was thats the first thing that came on my mind. that one of nketia or nelson will get more chances now. i know this looks bad on me, but for for an youngster to get their chance there has to be a degree of luck involved. i remember bellerin being very good young player for some time , but its only after debuchys bad injury that he actually got a good shot at taking that first team spot and credit to him , debuchy then never got a sniff of that… Read more »

Lord Bendnter

Still think we are lacking a winger in the squad. Eddie is a striker, and I don’t think he’s mature enough to play for us as a make-shift winger just yet.

Kartik Iyer

Maybe Emile smith-rowe could play there this season and next season onwards we get reiss Nelson back. We also have iwobi, mkhi, auba to share the load. Also, kolasinac could also play on the wings with Nacho at LB.


Precisely the fact that we have quality strikers and a lack of wingers means that Eddie, if he is to get more minutes in the 1st team, may have to play wide left or right. Which isn’t all that bad for him considering the fact that many young strikers with his qualities usually start out there anyway – Laca, Auba, Welbeck, Walcott, Henry all did time on the flanks in their earlier years.


I think Eddie has already shown how good he can be as a central striker. He is also quite a good dribbler so I don’t think he’d have any trouble operating on the wings, though I would leave that to Iwobi on the right and – probably – Bellerin on the right. That would probably open up room to rethink the contract situation with Corporal Jenks, now that he is fit again and getting the nod from the gaffer, albeit out of position.


Iwobi on the left, not right.

Lord Bendnter

Yes that would be awesome, but I am looking for a well established first team winger. The table is really tough this year, qualifying for the champions league won’t be an easy matter. That’s why I want a mature or at least semi-mature first team winger.


Looks like Iwobi/Aubameyang on the left and I think it’ll be Mkhitaryan/Niles on the right.
Wouldn’t surprise me if Niles started today.


I agree this league is too tough for him to play on the flanks (or even as a striker). By him getting first team games I meant from the three cups.

Frank Bascombe

Eddie! Eddie!

Donald's Trump

I would like to buy a Zaha

Jack but

I am confident Eddie can deliver


“The first is to look inside”. Internal solutions, anyone?

Obama Young

Eddie Nketty! Is he ready?

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