EDDIE NKETIAH believes his tough loan spell with Leeds helped him prepare for the battle to become first-choice striker at Arsenal.
The 20-year-old scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Everton.
Nketiah has started the last two league games under Mikel Arteta, who dropped France international Alexandre Lacazette to accommodate the academy product.
After a few false dawns, including a goal just seconds into his senior debut, a lack of game time under previous head coach Unai Emery and a failed stint in the Championship at Leeds, Nketiah (above) already has enough experiences to use as positives.
‘My Leeds experience was good for me, I learned as a player,’ he said. ‘I might not have played as much as I wanted, but I had good moments when I was there when I came on and played. It’s just about learning and developing.’
Arsenal recalled Nketiah in January, initially with the idea of loaning him out again before new boss Arteta opted to keep him.
‘Mikel thought it was best for me to stay and I agreed. It has worked out well for me now. I’m competing and fighting for a place,’ he added.
‘I just want to keep learning from him, make sure my mentality is right each day and keep improving for the rest of the season.’