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Nketiah is sure Leeds spell got him ready


Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah

Eddie Nketiah believes his tough loan spell with Leeds helped him prepare for the battle to become Mikel Arteta's first-choice striker at Arsenal.

The 20-year-old scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Everton.

Nketiah has started the last two league games under Arteta, who dropped France international Alexandre Lacazette to accommodate the academy product.

After a few false dawns, including a goal just seconds into his senior debut, a lack of game time under Unai Emery and a failed stint at Leeds, Nketiah already has enough experiences to use as positives now he is in the Arsenal side.

"My Leeds experience was good for me, I learned as a player," he said.

"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.

"It's a very good environment to be in, he (Marcelo Bielsa) is a very demanding coach and I learned a lot."

The England Under-21 international started just two Championship games during his spell at Elland Road.

Arsenal recalled Nketiah in January, initially with the idea of loaning him out to another second-tier club.

A move to Bristol City was reportedly close before new boss Arteta opted to keep him at the Emirates Stadium having been impressed with his displays in training.

"He was a bit 50:50 on letting me go anyway and I was 50:50 as well," added Nketiah. "Obviously I just trained well and played my usual game, I try to give my all in training and treat it as a game. He likes this mentality and obviously the quality I have, I try to showcase that. It's just about working hard."