Arsenal ended their losing streak with a 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Gunners had a number of outstanding players against their London rivals, Martin Odgeaard was a delight to watch and Bukayo Saka was as brilliant as ever, but the night really belonged to Eddie Nketiah.
In fact, Nketiah scored twice against Chelsea in what arguably has to be seen as his greatest achievement in an Arsenal shirt to date and there’s reason to believe he could move on from here.
Remember 18 months ago Arsenal were once again in poor form when they faced Chelsea and it was another youngster who stole the show that day – Emile Smith Rowe.
Smith Rowe was confided as the Gunners’ No. 10 on Boxing Day 2020 against the Blues and he hasn’t looked back since and after that outstanding performance, the same could happen for Nketiah in exactly the same circumstances.
The striker needs to be full of confidence at the moment and with Arsenal lacking depth the number 9 shirt is there to take away.
Nketiah has always had the talent to take the next step. After all, he’s the all-time England Under-21 goalscorer, but he’s never had the spark to ignite his career at club level – until now.
Look at Smith Rowe’s rise, he went from a fringe player on loan to Huddersfield to a real star all after one performance against the Blues and now Nketiah finds himself in the same situation.
Of course, there is the small issue surrounding his contract, which expires in the summer, but the striker continued to confirm The beautiful games podcast He was offered new terms this week and if he keeps his place on the team and continues to perform, he could put pen to paper.
Chelsea may have once again unleashed the potential of another young Arsenal star.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/22/arsenal-might-just-have-another-emile-smith-rowe-on-their-hands-our-view/ Arsenal could have just one more Emile Smith Rowe on their hands – Our View