“They were lucky to face a Sheffield side ravaged by injury and lacking in know-how” – Spurs guy not persuaded by Gunners’ hyped 5 nil victory, blasts Gary’s favorite Arsenal as he tells Arteta ONE player who hasn’t impressed him despite being better than Richie this season.
Former Tottenham player and BBC pundit Garth Crooks says Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick against Sheffield United on Saturday hasn’t altered his mind.
Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal still has a long way to go before establishing he can be a quality striker for the Gunners.
That is the opinion of BBC Sport commentator Garth Crooks, who named Nketiah to his Team of the Week.
Nketiah was unstoppable this weekend, scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United.
Nketiah scored his first Premier League hat-trick with two close-range finishes and a powerful strike as Arsenal cruised to a 5-0 victory.
Garth Crooks on Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick for Arsenal:
Pundit Crooks has announced his Team of the Week, with Nketiah joining Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah in attack.
Nketiah is in prestigious company, but Crooks was quick to deflate the buzz.
Crooks stated last week that Arsenal’s lack of a clinical striker will prevent them from beating Manchester City or Tottenham to the Premier League championship.
Nketiah may have scored three goals against Sheffield United, but Crooks insists he has ‘not altered’ his mind.
Crooks is waiting for Nketiah to score against Liverpool, Manchester City, or Tottenham Hotspur before dismissing his fears about Arsenal’s attack.
“After two difficult away games in a week, at Chelsea in the Premier League and Sevilla in the Champions League, Arsenal were fortunate to face a Sheffield United side ravaged by injury and lacking in know-how on Saturday.” “Eddie Nketiah stepped in for the injured Gabriel Jesus and scored an impressive hat-trick,” Crooks remarked.
“Last week, I raised the issue of Arsenal’s need for a clinical striker if they are serious about dethroning Manchester City.” Nketiah’s hat-trick hasn’t altered my mind, despite his third goal being a spectacular strike. If he scores three goals against Liverpool, Manchester City, or Tottenham, I may have to reassess my attitude,” he continued.
Nketiah has a shot, in my opinion. Rumors around Ivan Toney
Crooks is partially correct; Nketiah has never scored more than five Premier League goals in a single season for Arsenal.
The 24-year-old has five goals this season and will undoubtedly surpass that total very shortly.
Because to Gabriel Jesus’ injury, Nketiah now has an opportunity to play frequently, and he will be hoping to prove his skeptics wrong.
Nketiah is likely to have heard reports connecting Brentford striker Ivan Toney to a major January transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
However, the January transfer market is still a long way off, and Nketiah now has the opportunity to show that he can score frequently for Arsenal – and compel Edu and Arteta to forsake any Toney move.