Eddie Nketiah has found game-time hard to come by this season but made the most of his cameo against Fulham.
Eddie Nketiah got a rare chance upfront for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon and capped off that appearance with a crucial goal on the occasion.
The 21-year-old came on for Alexandre Lacazette, after the Frenchman pulled his hamstring in the second half and went on to score a stoppage-time rescue a draw against Fulham.
Reflecting on what was only his second Premier League goal of the season, Nketiah believes Arsenal were deserving of a point against Fulham.
“It’s great to get on the score-sheet and salvage a point for the team,” he told Arsenal Media after the game. “We fought very hard and we were very good at the tail end of the game, so I think it’s the least we deserved. It’s always nice to score for Arsenal.
“It feels good, to be fair. It’s a bit of belief, I think it’s the least we deserved, like I said. Of course we would’ve wanted the three points, but in the circumstances and how late it was, it has to be good to at least get a point.”
With Aubameyang still out with malaria and Lacazette now injured, Nketiah could yet lead the line for Arsenal over the next couple of games. The forward says he is ready for the challenge after some time on the fringes of the team.
“I think I had a very good first half of the season, I was getting a lot of games, but in recent weeks I’ve not played as much as I would’ve liked to,” he said.
“It’s been disappointing but I always work hard, prepare well and make sure I’m ready when I’m called on. It’s always nice when you get the chance to make sure you take it, like today, and luckily I did.”
Next up, Arsenal host Everton on Friday and it could indeed be Eddie Nketiah upfront.