Eddie Nketiah tried to shift the main focus away from himself regardless of admitting he had some extent to show when Arsenal beat Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Arsenal obtained their pursuit of a top-four end again on monitor with a 4-2 win over their rivals at Stamford Bridge. Nketiah scored Arsenal’s opening purpose and in addition the one which put them 3-2 up, earlier than they went on to strengthen their grip on the three factors.
It got here only a few days after Nketiah forged additional doubt on his membership future. His contract at Arsenal expires on the finish of the season and he has questioned his lack of begins in comparison with gamers elsewhere of the identical age.
Mikel Arteta responded by slotting Nketiah into the beginning lineup for simply the second time within the Premier League this season. Consequently, he obtained his first two targets within the 2021-22 version of the competitors.
What it means for his long-term future is unclear. Within the rapid current, although, Nketiah was glad to have the ability to inflict harm upon one other membership that allow him go earlier in his profession.
The centre-forward was in Chelsea’s academy till 2015, earlier than he was picked up by Arsenal. Though he didn’t need the main focus to be on him, he mentioned it was particular to have the ability to sink his previous membership.
He informed Sky Sports activities: “I feel it makes that bit extra particular. I used to be right here up till under-14s after which obtained let go. So that you at all times have that chip in your shoulder to return and show your self.
“However immediately isn’t about me. It’s good I obtained two targets, however it’s concerning the workforce and bouncing again.”
Nketiah enthuses about Arsenal response
Due to Arsenal’s win, they’re now stage on factors with Tottenham Hotspur in fourth. Nevertheless, an inferior purpose distinction is preserving them out of the Champions League spots at current.
However with every north London membership having six video games left, it’s all to play for. Nketiah is hoping Arsenal, after ending a run of three consecutive defeats, can take some momentum into the ultimate weeks.
He added: “I feel it provides us confidence. We’ve all caught collectively by way of the troublesome instances. We’ve confirmed that we are able to bounce again from setbacks.
“Immediately is a good end result. It’s at all times good successful a derby and we’re simply seeking to push on and hopefully maintain getting three factors to climb up the desk.”