Arteta wants Nketiah to have more playing time

Thu 04 March 2021 | 16:23

Arsenal boss says lack of playing time could damage Nketiah’s development.


young talent

Eddie Nketiah

has started only two games for the Gunners this season, and this concerns

Mikel Arteta

, who hails Nketiah for his attitude despite his lack of playing time.

"This is one of the hazards to leave someone like Eddie out of the squad, but at the moment everybody has been fit and we have so many options up front,"

Arteta said


"But it hurts as well because of how Eddie behaves and trains every day and because he's a player from our academy, but he will have his chance.

"He needs to be patient and he's showing no signs of lacking attitude or anything like that, it's the complete opposite.

"He's a joy to work with and he deserves minutes and if he doesn't get it, it's just my fault."

Arteta knows that lack of playing time could have negative affect on the player’s development:

"Yes there is because he needs to play and we've been wanting to use him a little bit more on some occasions and we didn't.

"To be fair, when he's played, he's played well, but at his age and for what he's done the last two or three seasons, he needs more minutes.

"It's something we have to talk about openly and make the right decision."

source: SportMob