Arsenal hotshot Eddie Nketiah responds to rumoured ‘hostilities’ with Lacazette

Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah says there are no bad feelings between him and senior striker Alexandre Lacazette after Mikel Arteta dropped the Frenchman for the Gunners academy product for Sunday's 3-2 win over Everton.

Nketiah equalised for Arsenal with a classy, volley which invoked memories of the goalscoring styles of both Ian Wright and Thierry Henry.

Lacazette, meanwhile, has struggled desperately for goals in recent weeks and he was fortunate to score against Newcastle after coming off the bench as his shot came off both feet.

Choosing between Nketiah and Lacazette is problem that Arteta will embrace if they both continue to score.

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But the 20-year-old striker, who returned form a loan spell at Leeds in January, says there are no hostilities between the pair despite the obvious competition for places in an Arsenal team who are unbeaten in 10 games.

“Obviously he is a mature lad and a great player,” said Nketiah about Lacazette. “He always tries to encourage me.

“He has been a young player in my position so he knows what it is like. There are no hostilities, he's just always looking to help and improve and it shows the maturity he has.

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“He has had a great career so all I can do is take the advice he gives me and try and implement it in my game and do what I do best.”

Nketiah has forged a strong relationship with both Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the two international strikers taking the young frontman under their wing.

“It’s great,” he added. “They’re really good guys off the field and obviously top strikers.

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“I just try to focus on myself and learn from them, see the things they do well and try to take from it and improve.

“They’re always willing to give advice and talk to me whenever I need it. It’s great to have two great strikers to learn from.

“I’m just trying to improve every day and listen to the people around me, my family and coaches, really improve, take each day as it comes and get better.”

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