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Eddie Nketiah sends special message to Arsene Wenger ahead of Community Shield

Eddie Nketiah has invited Arsene Wenger to the Community Shield against Manchester City

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Eddie Nketiah was in great spirit after captaining Arsenal to the Emirates Cup triumph over AS Monaco on Wednesday.

Starting in place of the injured Gabriel Jesus, Nketiah grabbed the equaliser in the 42nd minute after Monaco went ahead ten minutes earlier.

With Arsene Wenger among the 60,000 in attendance at the Emirates Stadium, Nketiah was pleased to be on the scoresheet in front of the man that gave him his Arsenal debut in 2017.

The 24-year-old was also on the scoresheet against West Ham in December when Wenger made his first appearance at the Emirates since he left the club in 2018.

Speaking after the game, Nketiah thinks the legendary French manager could be a good omen and would love to have him in attendance against Manchester on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger was in attendance as Eddie Nketiah scores against Monaco in the Emirates Cup

Arsene Wenger was in attendance as Eddie Nketiah scores against Monaco in the Emirates Cup (Image credit: Getty Images)

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“I’ll take him [Wenger] next week as well if he can!” Nketiah laughed. “I was speaking to him in the changing room after and he’s really proud of me. I’m really grateful for everything he did for me for my career, and it’s great to have such a legend here and see a new statue outside.

 “He just told me to keep going. He thinks my game’s come on a lot since [he departed]. He’s really proud of me. Obviously, he’s seen me develop and watched me from when he first gave me my debut up until now. Like I said I’m really grateful and it’s really good to see him around.”

With Manchester City looming in the traditional season opener this weekend, Nketiah believes the team have added quality and are prepared for the new season.

“We’ve added a lot of quality in the side, we’re all pushing each other, and it’s a good feel,” he revealed. “Everyone’s closer, everyone’s tight-knit, everyone wants to push and do well. We’ve had a really intense and strong pre-season, and now I think we’re ready for the season to come.

 “[We have a] chance to start the season well with a trophy in our hands so hopefully we can do it for ourselves and for the fans. We’re looking forward [to it] – we’re going to recover; we’ve had a good game here and take it into Sunday and hopefully get the win.”

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