Eddie Nketiah says that Mikel Arteta is instilling confidence and belief into the young players at the club, and demonstrating to them they have a chance of first team football if they work hard.
The 20 year old started his second successive Premier League game against Everton yesterday, and rewarded the manager’s faith in him with a 27th minute equaliser from a Bukayo Saka cross.
The latter has been the breakthrough star from Academy ranks this season, but Nketiah made his mark yesterday and was keen to credit Arteta for the way he’s handling his squad after the Gunners ran out 3-2 winners in a hard fought encounter at the Emirates.
“He’s great,” he said. “He’s given us a lot of opportunities and he’s showed us that if you work hard in training, it doesn’t matter how old you are, he’ll give you the chance if he thinks you deserve it.
“It’s great for a young player to know that the manager is confident in us and has belief in us and it’s just about working hard each day and improving with each game and that’s what we’re doing.”
The striker also hit the bar late on, and he’s hopeful that with more playing time he can make more of the chances he’s being given.
“I thought I hit it quite sweet, so I thought it was going to dip in but that’s the second game in a row that I’ve hit the crossbar,” he continued.
“But I’m happy to be a threat and causing chances and I’m getting closer. I know that eventually they’ll keep going in.
“I’m happy with the goal I got but it’s about improving and hopefully just trying to get more.
“The team want to continue to win and continue to improve. That’s the most important thing. We’ll see where we are come the end of the season.”