Arsenal beat Fulham on Saturday, even though they were already down by a goal. Substitute Eddie Nketiah made a “real difference” for the hosts.
Eddie Nketiah has made a “huge difference” for Arsenal, according to Bukayo Saka. On Saturday, the Gunners came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1.
The biggest winner of the game was Nketiah. When he came on just after the hour mark, Mikel Arteta’s team was down 1-0, but they quickly tied the game and kept pressing until they scored the winning goal late.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, a Serbian forward, scored the first goal early in the second half. He stole the ball from Gabriel Magalhaes and calmly put it past Aaron Ramsdale. Still, captain Martin Odegaard was able to tie the game with a deflected shot with 30 minutes left to play. But there weren’t many chances until Gabriel scored a late winner to keep his team’s winning start to the season going.
Nketiah only started eight Premier League games last year, and before Saturday, he had only been on the field for a total of 28 minutes in three sub appearances. But Arteta turned to him just after an hour when the Gunners were behind, and his entry helped turn the game on its head.
The 23-year-old gave Fulham more attacking power and natural energy in the final third. He worked well with Gabriel Jesus and stopped Fulham from passing out of their half. He was a different threat that the visitors had to deal with, and when he showed up, things changed. Arsenal took more than half of their shots in the 29 minutes he was on the field.
Saka said about the game afterward, “We had to be patient. Fulham should get credit for making things hard for us. We got what we wanted in the end, so we’re happy. Eddie Nketiah really changed things for us. I’m happy with what he’s done, and I’m sure he’ll help us score a lot of goals this season.”
Arsenal has won its first four Premier League games and is currently in the lead in the division. After the game, the boss Arteta said, “We had a great attitude after making a big mistake. Even though we were in charge and made a mistake, we handled it well.
“We needed to change. The players had to do it, and they really made a difference by doing it. The players need to enjoy themselves today, and then they need to start thinking about how to get better and get ready for Villa. It will be a big fight again.”
But the Gunners’ coach quickly shut down any talk of a title run this season by saying, “No, this is just the beginning of the season.” We are in a very long, tough race.”