West Ham forward Michail Antonio admits Eddie Nketiah’s impact with Arsenal has got him surprised.
Nketiah has been included in Arsenal’s last six successive games in the place of the injured Gabriel Jesus. Despite concerns over how he was supposed to handle being Arsenal’s leading man in their Premier League title chase, Nketiah has excelled brilliantly.
The striker has netted six goals since Jesus was sidelined, helping Mikel Arteta’s men to maintain their place at the top of the league table and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup. One of those strikes came in their win over the Hammers on Boxing Day.
“The way he played against us – urgh. He surprised me. He surprised me! He was dropping in deep, picking it up, he rolled a couple of our defenders to score his goal. He was quality,” he told The Footballer’s Football Podcast.
“From that moment I have watched him and he’s been doing it in so many games. He’s a great striker, and I’m happy for him. A young boy coming up, he’s showing what he can do.
“You don’t always have to go and spend money, you can see that sometimes in your academy you can bring boys up and they can do it.”