Ian Wright urges Eddie Nketiah to ‘get angry’ as Mikel Arteta persists with Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal

Eddie Nketiah has started just one Premier League game for Arsenal this season
Eddie Nketiah has started just one Premier League game for Arsenal this season (Visionhaus)

Ian Wright has urged Eddie Nketiah to ‘get angry’ in order to boost his chances of getting more playing time under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old has started just one Premier League game this season, while Arteta has continued to persist with Alexandre Lacazette as the Gunners’ central striker despite his poor performances.

Nketiah impressed once again for England Under-21s on Tuesday evening as he scored twice in the 5-0 victory over Albania.

And Wright believes the young striker should now capitalise on Lacazette’s inconsistent form for Arsenal.

‘Reiss Nelson… what’s gonna happen with Reiss Nelson? You have to be worried about Reiss and, to a certain extent, Eddie as well,’ Wright said on Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast.

‘We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe for just for himself, just to have a rest.

Ian Wright says he is 'worried' for Reiss Nelson at Arsenal
Ian Wright says he is ‘worried’ for Reiss Nelson (Getty)

‘Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.

‘Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring because he can get in the box and he can finish, he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.

‘He should have forced himself by now, especially with Laca. If he had gone on loan at the start of the season and Laca’s in the form he’s in, people would probably be saying, “What did you sent Eddie out on loan for? He should be there!”.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette
Mikel Arteta is facing calls to drop Alexandre Lacazette (Reuters)

‘The fact is, if I had to speak to Eddie, I’d be saying, “Listen, I don’t know if you’ve recognised it but your opportunity is right now. As a No.9 if you want to play that role, it’s now”.

‘Because you’ve got a No.9 at the moment who has low confidence, he brings so much to the team, but at the same time, if the manager has somebody that is a goal threat and doing that pretty well, he’d probably play you.

‘He needs to get angry.’

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