Welcoming Sheffield United at home, Arsenal was obviously expected to easily win all 3 points to continue to stay close to Tottenham Hotspur’s top spot. Obviously, the chance for Sheffield – the team that has only earned 1 point since the beginning of the season – to surprise the Emirates is almost zero, but coach Mikel Arteta is still cautious and fielded a strong squad. best.
With the presence of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal fans of course expected a resounding victory. Indeed, the Gunners destroyed Sheffield with 5 unanswered goals, but the two stars mentioned above are not the brightest factors of the Emirates Stadium team. Instead, Eddie Nketiah – who was facing a lot of skepticism, suddenly had an explosive performance.
With his first hat-trick in the Premier League, Nketiah fully deserved the title of Best Player in the match. However, certainly no one can predict the prospect that Nketiah will play sublimely against Sheffield, because according to data from Whoscored, the English striker has continuously failed in his last 10 appearances in all competitions. And it is expected that the sudden explosion from Nketiah will cause an important transfer plan of Arsenal to go bankrupt.
Recently, British media have continuously affirmed that Arsenal intends to sign an expensive contract in the winter transfer period, with the goal of strengthening the attack. Specifically, the Emirates Stadium team is said to have planned to acquire Ivan Toney in the upcoming market, because they want a better quality option than Nketiah to back up and compete with Gabriel Jesus as a striker. center.
It’s easy to understand why Arsenal made the above calculation, because as mentioned, Nketiah has been playing with a really poor performance recently. Meanwhile, Toney has long proven his class as a top striker in the Premier League, so even though he is sitting out due to a ban following a betting scandal, the English striker is still recruited by a series of clubs. Big set of interest next to Arsenal.
However, the hat-trick against Sheffield may have created a turning point for Nketiah, and if he continues to maintain his impressive form until the winter transfer window, it is obvious that Arsenal will have no reason to leave. thinking about Toney. Above all, with the policy of developing a squad based on young players, Arteta will “shoot himself in the foot” if he brings in a 27-year-old star and puts Nketiah on the bench.
In fact, Arsenal will also reduce some of the pressure if the plan to recruit Toney goes bankrupt, because according to revelations from The Athletic, the Gunners’ transfer budget in the January market is very limited, and certainly They will face many difficulties during negotiations with Brentford.
Huynh Phong | 07:30 October 29, 2023