Following three defeats in succession to Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton, Arsenal fans' dreams of a return to Champions League football were all but over considering their next three fixtures were current Champions League holders, long-time rivals Manchester United and a high-flying West Ham side who were amidst a barnstorming European run.
However, in stepped young Nketiah for the out of form Alexander Lacazette, who took no time repaying the faith Mike Arteta had displayed in starting the England under 21s record goalscorer in, arguably, Arsenal’s most important fixture this season.
four goals and three-man of the match performances later and the young Gunner has not only cemented his place leading Arsenal’s line, but also created huge speculation regarding his future.
With Nketiah’s contract set to run its cause in the following month, the striker will certainly not be short of suitors following his surge in form as of late. Arsenal are keen to re-sign the player who has been at the club since the age of 15.
Before this season Nketiah had struggled to amass a decent run of games and with that any real form, following an unsuccessful spell at Leeds two seasons ago, when they were in the Championship, he was often left on the bench and since then the striker has barely had the opportunity to start more than two games in a row, something he vented his frustration at earlier this season.