Arsenal manager Unai Emery has suggested that he would prefer to find an internal solution to providing squad depth in the wake of Danny Welbeck’s injury, as reported by the Express.
The 27-year-old striker damaged his ankle in a midweek Europa League clash with Sporting. The injury looked serious at the time and the club have recently confirmed that the 42-cap England man has undergone an operation and could be out of action for some time.
As per the aforementioned Express report, when asked about how he would cope with Welbeck’s absence from the squad, the Gunners boss stated that “the first [choice] is to look inside, and we have one striker also who is working well with the U23s and is improving also, Eddie Nketiah, and he could have chances.”
Nketiah is yet to feature for the North London club this season, but was due to come on against Sporting before an injury to Stephan Lichtsteiner caused Emery to have to alter his substitution plans at the last moment.
Last season though, the 19-year-old made ten appearances in all competitions and made a big impression with the Emirates Stadium faithful when he popped up with a late, match-winning brace against Norwich City on only his second outing for the club.
Always prolific at youth level, Nketiah certainly has a lot of quality and may now be about to get the opportunity to prove his worth at the highest level. Plenty of Arsenal fans on Twitter are certainly excited at the prospect of seeing more of the England U21 international…
Much rather see someone come through the academy and get his chance than buy another player in, Eddie will take this opportunity and show his quality !!!
— Larry (@Larrymehhh) 11 November 2018
Emery is very efficient in managing his team…he dont always buy players to make his squad better…he try to give youngsters more chance to improve… Well done unai….#emeryball
— Thirukkumaran (@Thiru28701) 11 November 2018
Good! Felt so sorry for Eddie on Thurs, he was ready to come on & then Lichsteiner pulled up.
— Sydneypress (@pattilabelle77) 11 November 2018
Eddie my man your time has come. Make use of it. You’ve been patient.
— Shane King@SPARTAN (@SpritusInvictus) 11 November 2018
I think this is great news! The kid is the future of this club
— Tony Lippett (@goonerlippo) 11 November 2018
I like Eddie, but we need a wide player. Eddie is a CF and not as versatile on the wing as Danny. Would like a push for Malcolm in a loan deal, but Unai knows best
— Michael Simonsen (@MichaelJonesFIT) 11 November 2018