Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah explains new phone celebration after Everton goal

Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah has revealed the reason for his new phone celebration after scoring against Everton.

The Gunners youngster scored the club’s first goal in their 3-2 win against Everton.

He celebrated by pretending to take a phone call in front of the cheering Emirates crowd.

And the 20-year-old explained the celebration after the game.

Speaking after the game, Nketiah said: “In pre-season the Arsenal Media came up with a little thing 'call me if you need a goal' so I have kind of just stuck with it.

“A lot of my friends like it so they are eager for me to dial them up if I get on the scoresheet so I try to enjoy each goal, whether that is youth level, in the park, anywhere I always try to celebrate and enjoy it and it is always a blessing to score.”

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Nketiah spent the first half of the season on loan at Leeds but only scored three Championship goals.

The youngster, though, had a positive review of his time at Elland Road.

“My Leeds experience was good for me, I learned as a player,” he claimed.

“I might not have played as much as I want but I had good moments when I was there when I came on and played.

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"If you check my minutes to goal ratio it’s quite good but obviously it’s just how things are. It’s a very good environment to be in, it’s a very demanding coach and I learned a lot.

"You have to learn about yourself and take each opportunity as it comes. I’m here playing at Arsenal, which is a dream.”

And the 20-year-old heaped praise onto manager Mikel Arteta for giving a chance.

“He was a bit 50:50 on letting me go anyway and I was 50:50 as well,” Nketiah continued. “He likes this mentality and obviously the quality I have, I try to showcase that.

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"I’m grateful he’s given me the opportunity he has and I just want to keep learning. I just want to keep learning of him, make sure my mentality is right each day and keep improving.

“Mikel has shown that if you do well he will continue to reward you with the opportunity and that is all you can ask as a player.”

Team-mate Bernd Leno was given a new nickname by club legend Ian Wright.

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