Arsenal return to the Premier League on Boxing Day, but they face fear because of the loss of Gabriel Jesus for 3 months. Losing Jesus makes many people doubt the ability to win the Premier League.
The flag will go to Eddie Nketiah, who certainly faces pressure to shine in place of the Brazilian rookie. Nketiah actually ended the 2021/22 season as Arsenal’s No 1 striker. However, since then, with the appearance and form of Jesus, Nketiah has yet to start a game in the Premier League this season.
Nketiah is considered a ‘egg-stealing’ name, meaning he doesn’t contribute much outside the box. Nketiah appeared at the right time, in the right place and the goals were close to the goal. Rarely does the British striker shoot according to the script to finish from a distance.
Before that, Nketiah had a habit of stretching the defense and listening to the shooting when he owned a goal every 167 minutes during the half season in the Championship with Leeds. However, he has become much more comprehensive under Arteta. The Spanish leader has molded a name like Jesus but at the same time possesses an impressive goal-scoring instinct.
Although he cannot do the rest as well as Jesus, the player born in 1999 is ready to go deep, play in association and work wide, which has been shown in recent friendlies against Lyon, Milan and Juventus. In terms of substitution, Nketiah has shown he can live up to expectations.
There are a few notable categories for Nketiah in 2022. After appearing in the Premier League this year, Nketiah touched the ball 44.4 times, accurately passed 24.1 times, created 1.3 chances and had 4.2 attempts. successful ball. Jesus outperformed the younger brother in all of these parameters with 54.3, 28.4, 1.6 and 4.7 respectively. However, for Nketiah personally, the above statistics are a record to evaluate the ability of the British star to operate widely.
Arsenal will of course miss Jesus. The former Man City star has been an integral part of the Gunners’ sublime performance this season. The Brazilian’s energy and possession, combined with his holding qualities, make him the ideal modern striker.
However, Nketiah is a name capable of style and ability to play. Currently, Arsenal need to hope that the “house chicken” can combine to create a good relationship with the four players behind including Odegaard, Granit Xhaka, Martinelli and Saka.
Nketiah is the direct replacement of Jesus and to please Arteta, the player born in 1999 is ready to give his best to move hard in each area of the field. The support and ability of the players behind is also very important.
The more opportunities they create, the less pressure on Nketiah. At that time, Arsenal will be confident about solving the problem of no Jesus.
Lu Feng | 22:39 December 23, 2022