Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he was “so proud” of youngster Eddie Nketiah after the 22-year-old scored a beautiful goal in the Gunners’ 3-0 League Cup victory against AFC Wimbledon.
The forward provided a stunning finish to a wonderful free-flowing team move; back-heeling Cedric Soares’ cut-back into the far corner of the net.
It was the perfect end to Arteta’s sides’ third consecutive victory in all competitions.
Arsenal suffered a poor start to the season. They lost three straight games to Chelsea, Manchester City, and Brentford. It left them in the bottom half of the Premier League.
However, the victory against the Dons suggests they are in a period of recovery, and Arteta was especially happy with Nketiah’s performance.
“I’m so proud of this kid,” said the Arsenal manager.
“He has not played much, there has been a lot of speculation around him.
“The way he trains, the way he behaves, he is always willing to help the team.”
Nketiah’s future appeared to be anywhere but the Emirates Stadium over the summer, with Crystal Palace keen on the young striker.
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Patrick Vieira was said to be interested in the promising forward, and the Eagles even bid £8m for his services.
However, the Gunners refused to entertain the Gunners’ offer for the youngster. Vieira has been with the club since age 14 and has been with them ever since.
It was also understood the North Londoners were demanding around £20m for his services, but Palace were not willing to go near to that figure.
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However, Nketiah’s slick finish against the League One side was a clear demonstration of his talent.
He also scored the first goal for the club since October 2020 when he scored against Dundalk FC.
In what was his first appearance at the club this year, he played for 83 minutes.