Over the last few months it feels a bit like Eddie Nketiah has overtaken Alexandre Lacazette as Mikel Arteta’s first choice for the centre-forward position.
The Frenchman started in the FA Cup on Sunday, but Nketiah started the league games against Man City and Southampton, and is expected to get the nod for this evening’s visit of Norwich City.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal boss says he’s pleased with what he’s getting out of the more senior man, but insists he has to deal with an environment in which he has to compete for his place.
“You know at this club, that you’re going to have competition in your position,” said Arteta.
“Just look at the work he did the other day, it was incredible. I showed them all the clips.
“The goal, he goes to press, the way he links up, the penalty that he got for us, his attitude is really, really good, so I was really happy with him again.”
The 29 year old has 9 goals to his name this season, but you have to go back to February of last year for his last strike away from home – a worrying run of form for a player of his experience.
His recent marginalisation has led to speculation he might look to leave, or indeed be sold by the Gunners, but as you’d expect that wasn’t something Arteta was going to go into any detail on.
I think we have speculation about the 24 players I have in the team!,” he quipped.
“I don’t know. I spoke with them and I constantly speak with them and the club to understand individual situations.
“I can’t keep guessing whether what I’m reading is true or not.”