Mikel Arteta says the fact Eddie Nketiah and Alex Lacazette are both scoring is no bad thing even if it makes it difficult to decide who will start games.
Nketiah was given the nod to start the 1-0 win against West Ham, the third game in the last four he’s been picked ahead of the Frenchman, but it was Lacazette, who replaced him on 59 minutes, who bagged the all-important goal with 12 minutes remaining.
Both strikers have now netted three goals since Arteta took over and the Spaniard is pleased with the impact they’ve made.
“I have two strikers at the moment and they are making life difficult for me, but at the same time it is very good,” he told his post-game press conference.
“They are both scoring, both in a good moment. I decided to play Eddie today for the defenders they had and the gameplan we had, but knowing that Laca, if we needed a goal in the final moments, he was always ready to do that.
“I saw straight away, when I was talking to him and giving him instructions on the touchline, he was alert and focused and I could see he was really determined to go out there and score the goal that he did.”
Having also utilised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli as central strikers since he’s been in charge, it’s been notable that neither the Gabon international nor Brazilian have been given a sniff in that role in the last couple of weeks.
Asked if he still considers them capable of leading the line, Arteta responded: “Yes, they are but with the squad balance that we have at the moment for that position on the left, we don’t have five players because we are using one of them as a left back, who is not a left back.
“We are just trying to adapt to the situation we have today, try to put in the team the players to have a goal threat that can be successful for the team. That is part of managing the players we have.”