Nketiah details his lockdown change to win Arsenal battle with Lacazette

Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah says his intense lockdown workout has helped him muscle his way into the Gunners team.

The 21-year-old became a regular feature in Mikel Arteta's Arsenal sides in the second half of last season, often earning a spot in the starting XI ahead of the much more celebrated Alexandre Lacazette.

After spending the first half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Leeds – where he struggled for starts but still managed five goals in 19 appearances – Nketiah bagged four goals in 17 games for the Gunners last season.

His impressive form has also earned him a starting spot for England's under-21s, and he struck a second half hat-trick on Friday night as the young Lions scored six second half goals to beat Kosovo 6-0.

Nketiah says that, while many of us were indulging in Netflix binges and bit too much to eat during lockdown, he got to work in his home gym as he stepped up his efforts to cope with the physical demands of the game.

“During lockdown, I worked really hard on getting bigger and better on the ball. I’ve used the time well and it’s good people can see the hard work," he told reporters after the Kosovo game.

“It’s something I wanted to do. As you go through the levels, it gets a lot harder physically so to be able to show your technique, you need that strength to cope with it.

“It’s nice to show that off a bit on the pitch.”

Nketiah adds that his parents were key to the change.

“They made sure I was eating the right food and had the right gym equipment," he continued.

“They’re very demanding parents who are always trying to get the best out of me. It’s great to have that support.”

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