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Mikel Arteta sent a clear signal to £100k-a-week Arsenal player vs Luton, it could be time to leave

As became the trend last season, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side are somewhat becoming comeback specialists in the Premier League.

A 4-3 victory against Luton Town on Tuesday was the latest installment of Arteta’s blockbuster wins, delivered by star man Declan Rice.
And when chasing a game, Arteta often turns to the same kind of substitutes.

Leandro Trossard is one of the first to enter the pitch, a goal and assist magnet of late.
The winger is then usually closely followed by Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson, as Arteta plays all of his cards.

However, during the comeback against Luton, Eddie Nketiah remained on the bench – something that felt very unusual.

Kai Havertz was essentially playing as a striker alongside Gabriel Jesus, and Arteta wasn’t willing to remove either.
And given substitute appearances have become a big part of Nketiah’s game in North London, it could be a telling sign.

Arteta needed a goal, and didn’t turn to his £100k-a-week striker.

Of course, this is an important subject ahead of the January transfer window, when it’s not impossible that Arsenal make an addition.

Mikel Arteta left Eddie Nketiah on the bench as Arsenal sought Luton comeback

Although he must be understandably happy playing for his boyhood club and wearing the number 14 shirt, one does wonder how Nketiah must feel about his minutes.
The striker has had a taste of international football recently, but now seems a long way from Gareth Southgate’s squad.
And a spot as an unused substitute is going to do his position absolutely no favours.

Nketiah should be the perfect profile for Arsenal to bring on when chasing a comeback, but Arteta thought otherwise.

Despite how loved Nketiah is by the club and its fan base, there’s no doubt that Arsenal could seek an upgrade.

At this point, the striker has had a lot of opportunities, and extended runs in the first team.

However, they always result in Arsenal being desperate for Gabriel Jesus to make a return.

Ivan Toney is the name always mentioned, and although a deal is now looking very difficult, he’d definitely offer more to this Arsenal team.

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