Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Nketiah has what it takes to secure regular playing time.

Nketiah needs to convince Arteta that he is worthy of starting week in, week out.

Former Gunners star believes Eddie Nketiah has what it takes to become a successful striker for Arsenal. [Getty]

Nketiah is behind Lacazette and Aubameyang in the Arsenal striker hierarchy and Wright reckons the youngster should get angry and pile the pressure on his teammates.


Eddie Nketiah needs to "get angry" and think of how he can force his way into Mikel Arteta's starting XI, according to Arsenal legend Ian Wright.


The England Under-21 international is down the pecking order at the Emirates, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in the Gunners attack hierarchy.


Despite Laczette not in goalscoring form, Mikel Arteta still picks the Frenchman ahead of the 20-year-old, however, Wright thinks the Nketiah should be piling the pressure on his teammates to get regular playing time.


"Reiss Nelson… what’s gonna happen with Reiss Nelson? You have to be worried about Reiss and, to a certain extent, Eddie as well," Wright said on Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast.


"We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe for just for himself, just to have a rest.


"Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.


"Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring because he can get in the box and he can finish, he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.


"He should have forced himself by now, especially with Laca.


"If he had gone on loan at the start of the season and Laca’s in the form he’s in, people would probably be saying, 'What did you send Eddie out on loan for? He should be there!'


"The fact is, if I had to speak to Eddie, I’d be saying, 'Listen, I don’t know if you’ve recognised it, but your opportunity is right now.


"'As a No.9, if you want to play that role, it’s now'.


"Because you’ve got a No.9 at the moment who has low confidence, he brings so much to the team, but at the same time, if the manager has somebody that is a goal threat and doing that pretty well, he’d probably play you. ‘He needs to get angry."



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