Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta thinks Eddie Nketiah is ready to fill the hole in Arsenal’s attack

Mikel Arteta backs Eddie Nketiah to step into Gabriel Jesus’ attacking void, with the striker ruled out for up to three months – as the Gunners boss says he has ‘more confidence every day’

  • Eddie Nketiah set to start against West Ham with Gabriel Jesus injured
  • 23-year-old boss Mikel Arteta says he has ‘more confidence every day’
  • He signed a new five-year contract in the summer after scoring five goals in the last seven
  • As Jesus faces three months away after surgery, Nketiah could step in

Eddie Nketiah is ready to fill the void in Arsenal’s attack, according to Mikel Arteta, who claims to have more confidence in the striker ‘every day’.

Nketiah is expected to lead the line when the league leaders reclaim their title against West Ham, with Gabriel Jesus facing a three-month absence after knee surgery.

‘(I) trust him more every day. We see every day what he brings to the team, what he is as a human being and how he develops as a player,” Arteta said.

Eddie Nketiah is ready to fill the hole in Arsenal’s attack, says boss Mikel Arteta

Nketiah can step up with Gabriel Jesus facing three months after undergoing knee surgery

Nketiah can step up with Gabriel Jesus facing three months after undergoing knee surgery

Nketiah, 23, signed a new five-year contract this summer after scoring five goals in the last seven matches of last season.

The arrival of Jesus, who transformed Arsenal’s attack, has limited Nketiah’s chances this season but Arteta said: “We had a great response last year when we needed him… he is ready.” That’s why he signed his contract. He is a key player in our team.

The boss has raised the possibility of using Gabriel Martinelli in the middle and wants to add attacking reinforcements.

Arteta claims to have more confidence in Nketiah - who signed a five-year contract this summer -

Arteta claims to have more confidence in Nketiah – who signed a five-year contract this summer – ‘every day’

Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk and Arteta is hoping to land new signings in early January.

But even after leaving his team bare this time last year, Arteta insists: “We don’t need a body, we need players who make the team better.”

He explained: “We can get a striker, I can guarantee that. But what we cannot afford is to bring a player here who is not for us.

Boxing Day marks three years since Arteta’s first game in charge, a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

He led them to the top of the Premier League but insists: “There is still a lot to do. The hardest thing is to win. And once you’ve won, win again and again.

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