Arsenal news: Eddie Nketiah compared to icon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit assessed

Arsenal breathed new life back into their season on Wednesday.

After a testing run of form, a trip to Chelsea looked set to be another tough assignment for Mikel Arteta’s team. However, they produced one of their best performances of the campaign to earn a 4-2 win and thrust themselves back into contention for a top-four finish.

Saturday will be another huge day for the Gunners. They host Manchester United in the day’s early kick-off, before Tottenham Hotspur travel to Brentford in the late fixture; a victory for Arsenal would heap a lot of pressure on their local rivals and effectively end United’s hopes of getting in the top-four mix.

Mirror Sport has the latest Arsenal news ahead of what promises to be another nervy weekend in the fight for a top-four spot.

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Merson compares Nketiah to Arsenal icon

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has said Eddie Nketiah’s performance on Wednesday was reminiscent of Ian Wright.

Nketiah was handed a rare start by Arteta and the faith from his manager was rewarded with two goals. Merson bestowed some high praise on the youngster in the aftermath of the Stamford Bridge win, but still questioned whether or not he has a future in north London.

“Eddie Nketiah reminded me of Ian Wright against Chelsea and he should play every game now for Arsenal until the end of the season,” he said. “He is a better finisher than Alexandre Lacazette and should score more goals, so I’d leave him in there and let him have a run in the team.

“But he is not the long-term answer. He could play tomorrow against Manchester United and be a 4/10. There’s no consistency.”

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Aubameyang exit impact assessed

Before Wednesday’s win over Chelsea, Arsenal had been struggling to find the back of the net.

As a result, some supporters were lamenting the decision to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave the club to join Barcelona, especially given how well the Gabon international has started life in Catalonia. But David Alexander Hughes doesn’t believe that Aubameyang’s recent exploits should prompt regret at Arsenal.

“The Gabon international is being presented with noticeably more shots on average at Barcelona (3.3 per 90) than he was at Arsenal (2.9 per 90), and those shots tend to be from a much closer distance to goal for the Catalans (10.6 yd) than they were for Arteta’s men too (14.2 yd),” he said.

“Given that Aubameyang is taking more shots per game, and from a closer distance, it’s easy to see how has been able to pad out his scoring returns since his switch.”

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SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – APRIL 21: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of FC Barcelona reacts during the LaLiga Santander match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at Reale Arena on April 21, 2022 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Arteta sends support to Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will be back in the United squad for Saturday’s fixture following the death of his newborn son.

The 37-year-old confirmed the devastating news earlier in the week and understandably he missed the 4-0 loss away to Liverpool on Tuesday as a result. Arteta said he cannot comprehend the struggles that Ronaldo and his family must be facing.

“I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about something like that because unless you experience it you cannot be on the same level to express or to go through the pain,” said the Gunners boss.

“What this country and league have shown with what happened at Anfield the other day I think is exceptional. Sports should be leading to find some unity at the human level that sometimes is missing.”

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