Mikel Arteta has told Arsenal’s flops to use Eddie Nketiah as an example moving forward.
After a difficult time recently in the squad, he scored a fine goal against Wimbledon in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup.
Following their 3-0 win against the Dons, the Gunners will now be playing Leeds in the next round.
Arteta saw it as a way to set the stage for the north London derby, where they will need all their confidence.
Arsenal and Tottenham have lost two games in succession against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Wolves.
And while Nketiah is not expected to start, the Englishman was in fine form against Wimbledon – netting a brilliant goal.
The ball was whipped low into the box by the 22-year old, and he diverted it towards goal with an impressive backheel to confirm his victory.
Although several clubs expressed interest in the England Under-21 international, including Crystal Palace and West Ham, and a few Bundesliga teams, a transfer did not occur this summer.
And Arteta has told Arsenal’s sulky stars to look at Nketiah as a role model for his professionalism over the situation.
He said: “I think Eddie gives us a lesson every day in how a professional should do his job.
“There was lots of speculation around him. He keeps his head down, works hard, and supports all team-mates. I’m so happy for him.”
Wednesday evening was Nketiah’s first competitive outing with the first team this season.
However, last season Nketiah made 17 appearances in the Premier League, but he only managed to find the net twice.
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Arsenal now has three consecutive wins and Tottenham is on the horizon. Arteta wants to continue the momentum.
“It’s really important, confidence rises,” He said that he was proud of the way they handled the situation and that Sunday’s game is their biggest game of the season.
“Competition brings the best out of you when you have difficult moments and the boys have managed to win three games in a row.
“Credit to how they have handled the situation and now they are obviously looking forward to play on Sunday in what is our biggest game of the season [at home to Spurs].”