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Nketiah: I stay patient

by Koolkola

Eddie Nketiah grabbed the equalizer in stoppage against Fulham after coming from the bench. The young England forward expressed happiness at helping the team and how he has been patient to get his chance in the team.

After Fulham had taken the lead via a penalty, we struggled to get an equalizer until Nketiah came in to pounce on the rebound from a Ceballos shot.

Eddie Nketiah was introduced after Alexander Lacazette limped off from what looked like a hamstring injury.

Eddie spoke to the press after the game, expressing his delight and how patient he has been.

“We would’ve liked three points but when I was called on I wanted to make an impact,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m delighted to get a goal and salvage a point for the team.

“Fulham made it difficult – we were a bit sloppy in possession, we had good chances, we had a couple which on another day might go in. Credit to Fulham for getting back in the game and getting the goal but we were good in the last 30 minutes and we deserved at least a point.”

With the Europa League semifinals coming up, Eddie could feature as the striker, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to also fully recover from malaria.

Asked about how he feels to step in, Eddie said: “Firstly I wish Laca a speedy recovery – he’s important to the team and hopefully will be back as soon as possible. For me, I stay patient and I’m happy to get the chance to play and I will be ready to help the team if I’m called upon.”

With VAR playing a role in deciding the game’s result, Eddie said the team must always find a way regardless of such decisions.

Dani Ceballos header was cancelled after Bukayo Saka was adjudged to be a toenail offside and VAR also confirmed the Gabriel foul on Mario Lemina. VAR double-checked Nketiah’s strike with Rob Holding suspected of blocking the Fulham keeper’s view.

Nketiah said the Gunners just have to roll with the punches.

“That’s football, sometimes it goes in your favour and sometimes it doesn’t, we can only make sure we do our best as players and VAR is there to do a job so we have to take it. Disappointing to have it ruled out but that’s football.

“We’re a big club, we want to be climbing up the table – the manner in which we grabbed the goal feels a bit better than losing. Of course we wanted three points but we’ll take the point and move on.”


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