Eddie Nketiah reveals key advice from Arsenal legend Ian Wright that has inspired him

Nketiah has been offered key advice by Wright
Nketiah has been offered key advice by Wright (Pictures: beIN Sports Youtube/ Getty)

Eddie Nketiah says Arsenal legend Ian Wright’s advice to believe in himself and work hard has helped contribute to his rise to the top.

Mikel Arteta saw enough from the England youth international during his loan spell at Leeds United to recall him early and thrust him straight into the first team.

And at just 21-year-old, the striker has been trusted to lead the line for the Gunners over Alexandre Lacazette on multiple occasions since he returned to north London.

The youngster has repaid his manager’s faith in him, scoring three times in his last five starts, and he attributes a part of his success to Gunners hero Wright.

‘He’s been really good for me, he’s helped me a lot, on and off the pitch,’ Nketiah told beIN Sports.

‘He’s such a nice and bubbly guy to have around. Whenever you speak to him he lights up the place and brings positive energy.

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Nketiah has grasped his opportunity in the first team with both hands (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The best advice he has given me is to believe in myself and to work hard. There’s never an excuse not to work hard and to work on your trade. Even if it’s finishing, staying out and doing extra, putting in the extra work.

‘Speaking to him you see how much he worked even when he was at the top. It shows you, you can never get complacent. You’ve got to keep working hard and sharpening your tools.’

Mikel Arteta has also given plenty of game time to fellow academy products Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, and Nketiah says he’s a great coach for young players to learn from.

‘He’s a very cool and collected guy, he’s a great manager,’ Nketiah added.

‘He’s got a bit of everything, he’s tough when he needs to be but can also put an arm around you and be supportive as well.

‘For a young player, he’s great because he’s very specific and detailed in his coaching. He’ll take that extra time out to go one-on-one to go into depth and detail.

‘It’s amazing to have him around. I’ve learnt so much from him already, I’m looking forward to the future and working under him.’

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