“Spurs guy, unimpressed by Gunners’ much-hyped 5-1 victory, blasts Gary’s favorite Arsenal as he tells Arteta ONE player who hasn’t impressed him despite being better than Richie this season. They were lucky to face a Sheffield side ravaged by injury and lacking in know-how.”
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick against Sheffield United on Saturday, according to former Tottenham player and BBC pundit Garth Crooks, hasn’t changed his mind.
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah still has a ways to go before proving he can be a top-tier striker for the Gunners.
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks, who selected Nketiah for his Team of the Week, feels that way.
This past weekend, Nketiah scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United and was unstoppable.
With two close-range goals and a strong strike, Nketiah scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Arsenal easily won 5-0.
Garth Crooks on Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick for Arsenal:
In Pundit Crooks’ Team of the Week, Nketiah attacks alongside Mohamed Salah and Erling Haaland.
Nketiah is among esteemed company, but Crooks dispelled the excitement right away.
Last week, Crooks said that Arsenal won’t be able to defeat Tottenham or Manchester City to win the Premier League because they don’t have a clinical striker.
Despite Nketiah’s three goals against Sheffield United, Crooks maintains that Nketiah has “not altered” his mind.
Crooks is holding off on talking about his concerns about Arsenal’s attack until Nketiah scores a goal against Manchester City, Liverpool, or Tottenham Hotspur.
“On Saturday, Arsenal had the good fortune to play against a Sheffield United team beleaguered by injuries and lacking experience, following two challenging away games in a week—against Chelsea in the Premier League and Sevilla in the Champions League.” “Eddie Nketiah scored an impressive hat-trick, filling in for the injured Gabriel Jesus,” said Crooks.
“I brought up last week the fact that Arsenal needs a clinical striker if they want to take down Manchester City.” Nketiah’s third goal was a spectacular strike, but his hat-trick hasn’t changed my opinion. “I might need to reevaluate my mindset if he scores three goals against Tottenham, Manchester City, or Liverpool,” he went on.
I think Nketiah has a chance. Concerning Ivan Toney, rumors
Crooks is partially right; Nketiah has never scored more than five goals for Arsenal in the Premier League in a single season.
With five goals so far this season, the 24-year-old will surely eclipse that total very soon.
Nketiah now gets to play frequently due to Gabriel Jesus’ injury, and he will be looking to disprove the doubters.
Nketiah has probably heard rumors linking Ivan Toney, a striker for Brentford, to a significant January move to the Emirates Stadium.
Though the January transfer window is still a ways off, Nketiah can now demonstrate his ability to score regularly for Arsenal and force Edu and Arteta to abandon any Toney move.