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Arteta reveals the surprising thing Nketiah did before the Nottingham Forest game

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah was in the squad that defeated Nottingham Forest today at the Emirates and Mikel Arteta has revealed the surprising thing he did before the game.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed the hilarious thing that Eddie Nketiah told him in training before their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The young striker’s confidence and determination were on full display as he made a strong case for his inclusion in the starting lineup.

Arteta spoke highly of Nketiah, describing him as a role model for his teammates. The manager was impressed by the player’s attitude and work ethic, especially during the week leading up to the match. Arteta shared Nketiah’s words with the media, saying, “The way he was training this week was ‘gaffer, if you’re not playing me you are blind’. He’s a clear example to everybody.”

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Nketiah’s confidence seemed to have paid off as he played a crucial role in Arsenal’s victory over Nottingham Forest. In the 26th minute of the game, Nketiah broke the deadlock with an impressive goal. He fired home from close range after an inspired turn and pass from Gabriel Martinelli.

The goal gave Arsenal a much-needed boost and set them on their way to victory. Just six minutes later, Bukayo Saka doubled their lead with a fantastic strike from just outside the box. The young winger began the new season in spectacular style, showcasing his talent and potential.

However, Nottingham Forest didn’t give up easily. In the 82nd minute, Taiwo Awoniyi scored for Forest, giving them hope of a comeback. But Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and secure all three points.

 

This win marked Arsenal’s first Premier League victory of the season and put them among the clubs that have won their opening game. It was an important result for Arteta and his team as they look to build momentum early in the campaign.

Nketiah’s performance certainly caught Arteta’s attention and proved that he deserves more opportunities on the pitch. The young striker’s determination and self-belief were evident throughout the match, and his goal was a testament to his abilities.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

As Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign, Nketiah’s impressive display will surely give Arteta something to think about when selecting his starting lineup. The young forward has shown that he is ready to make an impact and contribute to the team’s success.

Overall, Arsenal’s victory over Nottingham Forest was a positive start to their Premier League campaign. Nketiah’s goal and Arteta’s praise for him highlight the importance of confidence and hard work in football. With players like Nketiah stepping up, Arsenal can look forward to a promising season ahead.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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