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Arsenal: Arteta reveals new role for Nketiah alongside Jesus

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The English forward has struggled for minutes so far this season.

Mikel Arteta has insisted Eddie Nketiah can play alongside Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal but refuses to promise game time for the Englishman.

Jesus has become a central figure in Arsenal’s forward line since moving from Manchester City earlier this summer. Meanwhile, Nketiah has rarely found game time despite his impressive form of last season.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Bodo/Glimt, Arteta said: “I know with Eddie, I am sure he wants to play every single minute of every competition.

“Gabi’s been playing, and he’s been phenomenal.

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“I think they can play together. We’d have to change one or two things in the team structure. But he has participated in most of the games in the league, and he has played in Europe.

“I cannot promise anybody. What he gives us is his best, whether it is five minutes or 90 minutes.”

Nketiah was heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer but eventually decided to sign a new four-year contract at Emirates.

“Yes, everyone wants to play football,” Nketiah said when asked if he was frustrated by his lack of opportunities. 

“The coach has a tough decision and it is up to me to keep working when I get the opportunity, on the field or in training, to show why I should be playing.”