Mikel Arteta has lauded Eddie Nketiah’s recent form following Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Oxford United, stating that the striker is getting ‘better and better’.
Nketiah was in impressive form on Monday evening, scoring a brace as the Gunners ran out eventual 3-0 winners against their League One opposition.
As the primary number nine for Arsenal, while Gabriel Jesus is still out with a major knee injury, the goals were the striker’s sixth and seventh of the season thus far.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of the Gunners, was quick to applaud Nketiah’s performance and his patience over the first half of the 2022–23 season while speaking to the press following the game.
“Obviously he’s been waiting for this moment,”he said.
“He’s been patient when he needed to be but as well he’s been with the right mindset and preparing himself for this moment.
“That’s why I think he looks ready and why he’s performing the way he is. He showed great composure. He’s a great finisher, the timing of his runs and the decision-making in waiting until the last moment when the keeper was committed shows his quality.
“His understanding, his work rate, I think he’s getting better and better.”
The 23-year-old will likely start Arsenal’s next game in the Premier League on Sunday – a north London derby clash with Tottenham.