Eddie Nketiah’s brace against Chelsea went a long way to helping the Gunners to three points in the 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge last night, and the goals came in just his second Premier League start of the season.
In a week when he spoke openly about wanting a run of games to show what he can, the 22 year old stepped up, opening the scoring in the first half, and putting us ahead with a crucial goal in the second.
It takes his tally for the season to 7 in all competitions, and the Hale End graduate was pleased he could make a contribution to the team and its fight for a top four finish.
“I think in life you never know when your chance is coming, so you’ve just got to be ready and thankfully today I was able to help the team,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“Obviously, it’s nice to score, but it’s more important to be involved in a win in a London derby and getting the three points to bounce back, that’s the most important thing.
“In a London derby, against a big team like Chelsea to get the three points is amazing and I think it’s going to give us confidence going into the game on the weekend.”
His display prompted a question to Mikel Arteta in his post-game press conference, about why he has been so bullish when speaking about the striker in recent weeks.
“If there is one player that I have been unfair with, I think it is him,” he said.
“He has given me every right to do something different, so if Eddie hasn’t played more, it’s my fault and because as a manager I have missed something or I haven’t had the courage to play him more, and today he showed me again how wrong I was.”
Eddie is likely to keep his place for Saturday’s visit of Man Utd, so let’s hope he can do it again, twist Harry Maguire into ribbons, and find the back of the net again.