Martin Keown hails Eddie Nketiah following his brilliant performance against Chelsea
Martin Keown hails Eddie Nketiah following his brilliant performance against Chelsea

Martin Keown hails Eddie Nketiah following his brilliant performance against Chelsea

Keown has showered praises on Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah after he netted a brace in Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Chelsea in the London derby.

The Gunners earned a vital to go on a level with Tottenham in their quest to secure a top-four finish. Arsenal before the Chelsea game had lost three matches in a row.

Chelsea on the other hand has suffered three consecutive defeats at the Stamford Bridge and conceded 11 goals in the process.

What was said?

‘I thought he was magnificent today,’ Gunners legend Keown told Stadium Astro of Nketiah.

‘I know that the second one was perhaps given to him on a plate, the first one, you’ve got to be there to capitalize. He looked sharp, he dealt with the ball well. And those youngsters at Arsenal keep producing.’

The former Arsenal legend also made predictions about Eddie’s future and he claims that the young striker will extend his contract with Arsenal.

‘There’s no way that he’s leaving, surely, after that kind of performance,’ Keown added.

‘He’s been extremely patient, he went out on loan to Leeds.

‘It was interesting when [Marcelo] Bielsa was talking about how much he didn’t want him to go, we kind of took a bit of notice of that because he has a big reputation.

‘He’s come back, the manager explained he’s not been fair, and that’s very honest.

‘Look at his performance tonight when he got his chance, boy did he take it. And in a very big arena here.. He would’ve dreamt of doing this

Paul Merson has also heaped praises on Bukayo Saka for his impressive statistics this season

The former Arsenal player hailed Saka’s incredible statistics this season before the Chelsea victory.

Saka had nine goals and five assists in 31 Premier League games before last night’s game

Speaking on Sky Sport ahead of the London derby the Arsenal Icon said:

‘He’s [Saka] the bright spark for Arsenal, he’s the danger man and they don’t have a lot of danger men. The figures he’s putting up there are phenomenal,’ Merson said.

‘When you put those types of figures up in a top, a top team you know he’s a quality player.

He plays in a hard position on the football pitch, it’s a position where you can get so much of the ball that you get fed up with it or it’s the other way round and you don’t see it all through the game.

‘They [opposition defenders] double upon him, when teams go out, he’s on the radar, [they try to] stop him playing.’