Mikel Arteta says he opted to begin Eddie Nketiah over Alexandre Lacazette as a result of he believes the Arsenal teenager can discover his facet a aim towards a deep-lying Newcastle facet.
Nketiah is making the primary Premier League begin of his profession because the Gunners host Newcastle on the Emirates Stadium, one in every of a string of modifications Arteta has made to his facet following the winter break.
Dani Ceballos was additionally added to the workforce for his first begin of Arteta’s tenure and a primary since November 6 when he injured his hamstring away to Vitoria Guimaraes. Nicolas Pepe can be returned to the workforce after being dropped for Gabriel Martinelli forward of the 0-Zero draw with Burnley.
Matteo Guendouzi, Rob Holding and Reiss Nelson, the latter just lately recovered from a hamstring damage, are all understood to be match and obtainable for choice. Their absence signifies that Arteta’s squad is now deep sufficient that the Arsenal head coach is now in a position to tailor his facet for his opponents.
“He is been coaching rather well,” Arteta stated of Nketiah, who supplants Lacazette after the Frenchman’s 9 recreation run and not using a aim. “He is a child that has a aim in him.
“I consider we’ve got a recreation forward with a low block and numerous numbers behind the ball. He is a really proficient participant to search out objectives and goalscoring conditions.
“I belief him. That is why I made a decision to maintain him.”
Ceballos’ addition additionally signifies that Arteta is in search of a facet that may craft its means by way of an opponent in Newcastle who’re completely happy to cede possession and look to hit the Gunners on the counter.
“Dani has been once more, after the damage he had a number of weeks the place he needed to choose his health up however he is been coaching actually, rather well and he utterly deserves his probability,” Arteta stated.