Eddie Nketiah is keen to get opportunities on the pitch after a relatively quiet start to the season, but he knows it’s up to him to take his chances.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta speaks to Arsenal's English striker Eddie Nketiah during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta speaks to Arsenal’s English striker Eddie Nketiah during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

After signing his new contract in the summer, Eddie Nketiah has had to be patient waiting for chances to start for Arsenal.

The striker has only played 176 minutes of Arsenal’s opening nine games in all competitions, making just one start against FC Zurich. He made the most of that start, providing a goal and an assist as the Gunners won 2-1.

October and November should be a lot busier. Arsenal have five Europa League group games and a League Cup clash with Brighton, with a Premier League game on each of those weekends.

You’d expect Nketiah to be involved on a weekly basis from now until the World Cup break, and he made it clear in Arsenal’s pre-match press conference on Wednesday that he’s ready to step up.

“Yes, as a player everyone wants to play football,” Nketiah said. “My aim is to be starting and helping the team, but I respect the coach’s decision.

“It’s down to me to keep working hard and putting in the performances. It’s a long season and we’re only a month in.

“There will be a lot of opportunities for me to play, whether that be in Europe or in the League, and I’ll be ready whenever I’m called upon.

“Obviously, signing with Arsenal was my decision and one I was happy with. The coach has got a tough decision and it is up to me to keep working when I get the opportunity on the field or in training, to show why I should be playing.

“I am confident that as the season goes on, I will get opportunities and it is up to me to take them.”

Arsenal's English striker Eddie Nketiah (2R) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s English striker Eddie Nketiah (2R) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

With Gabriel Jesus ahead of him at centre-forward in the Premier League starting lineup, and Gabriel Martinelli starting on the left, it’s certainly not going to be easy for Nketiah to make himself a league starter this season.

But if he keeps taking his chances, you never know when Nketiah might get a break. For now, Arsenal are going to need him firing in the Europa League on a regular basis.

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