‘I was wrong’ – Pandit admits he was wrong about the Arsenal star and supports him playing for England soon

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has praised Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. The Englishman previously believed his compatriot could not replace the Gunners’ injured No.9 Gabriel Jesus.

However, he has now admitted Nketiah is a suitable striker for the north London side. Sutton wrote in his column for the Daily Mail:

“But I was wrong about Eddie Nketiah. I described Gabriel Jesus as “irreplaceable” when he was hurt. I thought Arsenal would fight without him. Admit it, you probably did too. His high press. His connection game. his creativity. His leadership, which comes from a club at Manchester City that demand nothing less than victory.”

He added:

“All were key in Arsenal becoming surprise title contenders and suddenly Mikel Arteta found himself facing months without those attributes. Yes, I thought they would fight. But Nketiah proved me and many others wrong.”

Sutton also claimed that England manager Gareth Southgate will be keeping a close eye on Nketiah following his outstanding performances in the Premier League.

“England manager Gareth Southgate can only love that. For so long we’ve wondered who can represent Harry Kane. Callum Wilson? Dominic Calvert Lewin? Ivan Toney? Danny Ings? Well, what about the man who replaced Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers as the all-time leading scorer for England Under-21s? Nketiah shows why all is not lost when we lose Kane.”

Jesus picked up a knee injury during Brazil’s FIFA World Cup campaign and Nketiah has proven himself in his absence.

The England striker scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Manchester United on January 22. He is also currently the top scorer in all competitions with nine goals in 25 games.

‘Your heart is always beating a little’ – Eddie Nketiah opens up on VAR Waiting before Arsenal’s last-minute goal against Manchester United

During Arsenal’s encounter with the Red Devils in the Emirates, Nketiah scored his second goal of the game in the 90th minute. The Gunners had to wait before celebrating as the VAR check ran for a possible offside.

The goal was eventually awarded and the hosts took home all three points thanks to Nketiah. After the game he told Sky Sports:

“I saw (Lisandro) Martinez next to me so I thought I was on the side but when you see that purple screen your heart always goes a little bit. You could see how much we wanted to win and how much we wanted it for ourselves and our fans. We kept up the pressure and luckily found the goal.”

The Gunners are having an exceptional season in the Premier League this season, sitting top of the table with a five-point lead over Manchester City.

They meet City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 27.

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