Edward Nketiah was delighted to net his 23rd goal of the campaign against Manchester United on Monday evening at the Emirates.
Unfortunately, a spirited second-half showing from the visitors meant both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils and Nketiah spoke post-match after an eventful evening.
When questioned about the game he said, “I thought the boys did really well in the first half. We made a couple of changes at half-time and I thought they did well in the second half.
“But we were just a bit unlucky towards the end. The boys got a bit tired and Man United came on. They’re a good team, so a 2-2 result is not too bad.”
Nketiah and fellow goalscorer Reiss Nelson were both taken off at the half-time interval as they were in the squad to face Chelsea u18s the following morning. The difference after the break was significant as two of Arsenal’s best attack-minded players were replaced, but Nketiah preferred to focus on positives after an intriguing match at the Emirates.
“It was a brilliant moment [to score at the Emirates]. My parents are in the crowd so it’s really nice to get off the mark at the Emirates and hopefully it’s the first of many here.”
Arsenal u23s finished in fourth place during this season’s Premier League 2 campaign and the 17-year-old forward was asked about his thoughts on how the season has been.
“I think it’s been a good season, especially personally for me. I’ve broken into the team, made some good appearances and scored some nice goals. So I’m very pleased with it. As a team, fourth is a respectable position and next year I think we can really push on and challenge for the title.”
Nketiah turns 18 at the end of this month and after an excellent goal-scoring season on a personal level, has lofty ambitions for the future.
“I think next year can be a big year for me personally. I’m trying to have big goals and push into the first team, so hopefully I can have another good season and see where it takes me.“