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He hasn’t got that stature’… Pundit says 24-year-old Arsenal player just isn’t strong enough

Arsenal have a bit of a striker crisis on their hands right now.

Quite simply, the Gunners aren’t finding the net as often as they should be.

Wed 3 January 2024 12:45, UK
Arsenal have a bit of a striker crisis on their hands right now.

Quite simply, the Gunners aren’t finding the net as often as they should be.

The north London club have scored just five goals in their last five league games, and only one of those goals was scored by a centre-forward.

Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah just aren’t doing the business right now, and speaking on Premier League Productions, Glenn Murray has highlighted what he believes to be a bit of an issue in Nketiah’s game.

The pundit says that while Nketiah is more of a natural number nine than Jesus, he’s not necessarily strong enough to lead the line for a team like Arsenal.

Quite simply, the Gunners aren’t finding the net as often as they should be.

The north London club have scored just five goals in their last five league games, and only one of those goals was scored by a centre-forward.

Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah just aren’t doing the business right now, and speaking on Premier League Productions, Glenn Murray has highlighted what he believes to be a bit of an issue in Nketiah’s game.

The pundit says that while Nketiah is more of a natural number nine than Jesus, he’s not necessarily strong enough to lead the line for a team like Arsenal.

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Nketiah not strong enough
Murray shared his verdict on the 24-year-old.

“We refer to Jesus as a number nine, but for me he hasn’t got that mentality, he drops in, he’s more of a 10, he gets involved in play and he drops into that space. Nketiah is more of a nine, but he hasn’t got that stature or the physicality just yet, he’s learning,” Murray said.

Working on it
Murray is right, Nketiah isn’t strong enough at the moment, but that is something he is working on.

He stated over the summer that he’s bulking up and trying to get stronger, and at the age of just 24, he still has time to fill out and become a more physically dominating player.

Of course, that would require a lot of work off the pitch, and it could also affect his pace if he packs on more muscle mass, so this is a double-edged sword in some ways.

At the moment, Nketiah is a bit too easy to bully in the penalty area, and he needs to figure out how to manufacture more scoring chances for himself in other ways.

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