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Eddie Nketiah makes feelings known regarding Arsenal future

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has spoken out about his situation in North London, expressing his desire for more playing time

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Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah has opened up about the challenges of not featuring regularly in the team’s starting lineup in recent months. 

Despite his limited playing time, Nketiah knows the importance of prioritising the team’s success over personal ambitions.

Nketiah’s rise to the England senior squad following a stellar performance with Arsenal in October seemed promising. However, since then, he has struggled to replicate his success in the Premier League, starting only two games, both of which resulted in losses for the Gunners. 

The team’s overall good health in recent weeks has further reduced Nketiah’s opportunities on the pitch, leaving him and other fringe players, like Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, fighting for playing time.

Acknowledging the challenges he faces, Nketiah expressed his commitment to supporting the team in any capacity, whether it be playing for one minute or starting a match. He emphasised the collective responsibility of every player to contribute to the team’s success, especially during crucial moments in the season.

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“Everyone’s getting different opportunities,” he told Arsenal.com ahead of the north London derby.

Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah

Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United earlier in the season (Image credit: Getty Images)

“Obviously it’s tough for different players getting different minutes but at this stage of the season it’s just about putting your own personal preferences and ego to the side and doing whatever is best for the team.

“If you get one minute to come on, you’ve got to give your best minute. If you get ten minutes or you start, everyone’s got to be ready. We’re all going to be needed and have our moment to contribute.”

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Despite his disappointment with his reduced role, Nketiah reflected on the positives of the season, including his achievements such as representing England and scoring in both the Premier League and Champions League. 

“I think I’ve hit some really good highs,” he said. “When I was playing regularly I was really happy with my performances. Going to two England camps, making my debut, getting my first Premier League hat-trick and Champions League goal, I’ve achieved quite a few landmarks which I’ve set out.”

While he admitted to wanting more playing time, Nketiah remained optimistic about his future development, believing that his experiences this season would contribute to his growth as a player.

“Of course in the second half of the season I haven’t started as many games as I’d like, but these things happen and the team has been doing well so I’ve had to play a different role.

“That’s football and things change really quickly, but I think it’s a season to still be proud of and I’m only going to get better. All the experiences I’ve had this season are going to help me going forward.”

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