Get to Know: Up close with Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah as he reveals secret of his teammates

Nketiah scored a brace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: (R) Eddie Nketiah celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal with (2ndR) Alex Iwobi and (R) Mohamed Elneny during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have always been the home of raw talents to flourish and take the center stage of football professionalism. Under the guidance of Wenger, many players have thrived from their academy setup and have become greats in the footballing arena.

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From the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie to the Jack Wilshere, Hector Bellerins and many more. Even in this season Reiss Nelson has broke out to become a starter in the cup matches and Europa League matches. But a player who made an instant impact in the most recent time has been a certain English teenager who came and wrote his name in the history books, Eddie Nketiah. He scored a brace and saved Arsenal from a potential crisis against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup tie.

  • Eddie Speaks:

Eddie Nketiah believes that confidence is key to a striker and having the believe that scoring everyday is possible is the biggest positive mindset to be successful. He joined Arsenal academy from Chelsea and scored 28 goals in his first season at the club.

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“I achieved the contract through working hard and trying to keep improving, and as a professional that’s something that I’m determined to keep doing because it takes me a step closer to the first team and I know how high the standards are. I’ve trained quite a few times with the first team now and you see how everything is faster and sharper. Playing against strong defenders like Laurent Koscielny, you have to be concentrated and use good movement to get away from him.”
He also said that Francis Coquelin is another player from whom he has learned a lot.

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Nketiah training with Francis Coquelin
  • Self Belief:
But the most pivotal thing for Nketiah has been his self belief, which the youngster has gained after scoring a couple of goals past Petr Cech in Arsenal training. Scoring there gave him the self confidence that he can score past anyone even in the biggest stage, that has helped him to grow. His reactions, runs to the box and sometimes helping the defense has improved and that’s a good progress for the midweek hero of Arsenal.
  • Target:
Nketiah says that his aim is to play as many games as possible for Arsenal U19 and Arsenal U23, and gain experiences from his training sessions with first team. The graph so far is heading in the right direction, he has to keep it going altogether.

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Nketiah after scoring his first Arsenal goal

 

  • Nketiah Scripture: (Source Arsenal.com)

Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My dad.

What’s the best aspect of your game?
Finishing.

And what do you still need to work on?
Heading.

Which team did you support as a boy?
Arsenal.

Who did you pretend to be in the playground?
Ronaldinho.

Which current player would you most like to play against?
Neymar.

If you score any goal from history, which one would it be?
Thierry Henry vs Manchester United

What’s been the greatest moment in your career so far?
Signing pro for Arsenal

 

  • Teammates: (Source Arsenal.com)

Who has the best sense of humour?
Joe Willock.

Who has the best engine?
Tobi Omole.

Who has the worst ball skills?
Tolaji Bola.

Who has the best ball skills?
Reiss Nelson.

Who is the best with the ladies?
Kris Da Graca.

Who is the worst at FIFA?
Jordi Osei-Tutu.

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