‘My Leeds experience was good for me’: Eddie Nketiah believes his tough loan spell at Elland Road helped him develop as he battles to become Mikel Arteta’s first-choice striker at Arsenal
- Eddie Nketiah insists his tough loan spell at Leeds was a ‘good experience’
- The 20-year-old went on loan at the start of this season before he was recalled
- Nketiah believes the failed stint at Elland Road helped him develop as a player
- He’s now battling with Aubameyang and Lacazette for a starting spot at Arsenal
Eddie Nketiah believes his six-month loan spell at Leeds helped toughen him up as he battles with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for a place in Arsenal’s starting XI.
The 20-year-old scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Arsenal overcame Everton in a five-goal thriller at the Emirates.
Nketiah has started the last two games for the Gunners, which has seen Lacazette dropped to the bench as a result.
Eddie Nketiah believes his tough stint at Leeds has helped him develop as a player
The youngster is now being afford a chance under Mikel Arteta, having struggled at Leeds before being recalled in the January window.
‘My Leeds experience was good for me, I learned as a player,’ Nketiah told FourFourTwo.
‘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.
The 20-year-old struggled while at Elland Road before being recalled in the January window
‘It started really well, obviously I came on and if you check my minutes-to-goal ratio, it’s quite good but obviously it’s just how things are.
‘Sometimes the manager makes his decision and you have to deal with it. It’s about learning from that environment. It’s a very good environment to be in, he (Marcelo Bielsa) is a very demanding coach and I learned a lot.’
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