Eddie Nketiah disappointed Arsenal fans during the team’s 1-0 Europa League win at Bodo/Glimt on October 13.
24th-minute goal by Bukayo Saka. Youngster played one-two with Albert Sambi Lokonga before shooting. Saka’s rebound shot beat Bodo/Glimt defender Marius Hoibraten.
Even though Arsenal won, fans were unhappy with Nketiah’s performance. He lost 10 balls, won 6 of 11 duels, and made no key passes or crosses.
The 23-year-old forward didn’t do enough to impress Premier League fans. Many worried that if Gabriel Jesus is injured, Nketiah won’t be able to replace him.
In 12 games for north London, he’s scored two goals and provided one assist.
Saka’s finishing was also criticized by fans. Martin Odegaard’s second-half performance also disappointed them.
Mikel Arteta’s team now leads their group with nine points from three games.
The Gunners next play away against Leeds United on October 16. Arteta’s team leads the league with 24 points after nine games.
Gary Neville predicted that the Gunners could finish outside the top four this season despite being in first place.
He said (via football.london): “I don’t think Liverpool will finish in the top four, and Arsenal could still finish outside the top four as well – but I’ll put [them] in for now just to keep all the Arsenal fans happy! I look at Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – it’s still a big job for Arsenal [to finish in the top four].”
Arsenal hasn’t made the top four since 2016 and will try again this season.