Mikel Arteta admits he ‘missed something’ after heroics at Chelsea with Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah scored his first Premier League goals of the season on Wednesday night as Arsenal’s bid for a place in the top four took a new turn after a thrilling 4-2 win over Chelsea

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Mikel Arteta admitted he may have been wrong about Eddie Nketiah as his goalscoring exploits rekindled arsenals haltingly Champions League Bid.

Nkeitah has had to wait for his first-team chance at the Gunners this season, despite the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and struggling Alexandre Lacazette in front of goal. But with the latter, defeat ruled out southampton At the weekend, Nketiah was finally allowed to participate from the start.

And although they lost 1-0 on the south coast, the 22-year-old retained his place in the starting XI Chelsea, who scored twice in a 4-2 win to put their Champions League destiny back in their own hands. Nketiah, who spent time at Chelsea academy before moving across the capital, admitted he had a chip on his shoulder at the Blues and channeled that to perfection – scoring his first goal First League goals of the season.

And as well as sending a message to Chelsea, Nketiah was motivated to prove his current manager wrong by admitting earlier this season he was frustrated with a lack of opportunities. He told that Nice game podcast: “There are talks and offers for a new contract but right now my goal is to play football and play regularly.

“I feel like I signed a five-year contract when I was 18 and how many starts have I had in those five years here? I was on loan for six months and was here for the rest and I probably started about 30 games maybe in all competitions.

And Arteta has now accepted that he might not have had the guts to play him anymore, a decision that can now be seen as a misjudgment.

“If there’s one player I’ve been unfair to, I think it’s him,” Arteta said. “He gave me every right to do something else and if Eddie doesn’t play anymore it will be my fault and because I missed something as a manager or didn’t have the courage to play him more. Today he showed me more how wrong I was.”

Eddie Nketiah scored twice in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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He added, “What Eddie did tonight stems from what he’s been doing for the last 10 months and nobody noticed,” he said BBC. “I told him I wasn’t being fair. I should have played him more. We have other problems and it wasn’t easy. But he totally deserved what happened to him tonight.”

“If you look at him in training and how humble and hungry he is, good things happen to good people. When I’m happy for someone, it’s especially for them because I know what they’ve been through.”

arsenal face Manchester United at the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and the Gunners know that should they avoid defeat they will skip Tottenham and put all the pressure on their north London rivals.

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