Eddie Nketiah has revealed the advice he has received from Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Ian Wright as he bids to make his breakthrough into Unai Emery’s team this season.
The highly-rated youngster has impressed on the club’s pre-season tour, scoring three goals in his past two matches, and the 20-year-old will be hoping to be given an opportunity in the coming campaign.
The England U21 international has revealed that he has spoken to Arsenal legends Wright and Henry, as the forward looks to take advice from his ‘idols’ and improve his game.
“There’s a lot of great strikers who have played for Arsenal and what comes to mind is Ian Wright and Thierry. They are probably two of my favourites,” Nketiah said during Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the USA.
“I was with Ian Wright not too long ago and got some advice and it’s always nice to speak to those guys who have been your idols.
“I worked with Thierry as well and it’s great to get that advice off top strikers and we’ve also got two top strikers here at the club at the moment.
“I try to learn as much and take what I can and use it in my own game, Thierry was great for me, not just on the pitch but off the field as well. He is a nice guy, very approachable.
“Him being one of my idols [working with him] was a dream come true. The two guys here are very good too.
“I feel we have a good relationship and Laca gave me a nice assist on my second goal [against Fiorentina] so I am grateful.
“I am always happy to get their advice and learn from them and take it into the pitch when I can.”
Nketiah was close to agreeing a loan move to Augsburg in January, only for Emery to decide that remaining with the club and training with the first-team would be best for his development.
With speculation suggesting the Gunners are interested in a move for Wilfried Zaha, Nketiah has once again been linked with a temporary switch, with the forward admitting he is keen on securing regular first-team football next season.
“There was talk of that [going out on loan] and it was close to happening in January but the club decided that I should stay and I tried to finish the season as strongly as possible,” he added.
“We’ll see what happens in the future but I’m just enjoying the tour and in the future decisions will be made.
“I need to keep pushing, keep working and as for the season I want to be playing regularly. After the pre-season tour, it’s something that I’ll look at with my family and speak to the manager and see what’s best for me.
“I feel like I have a great relationship with the fans. It’s nice that they notice that and sing my name. That’s a dream come true. Even out here the fans are screaming my name.
“They travel all around the world to see us play and support us. I always try to give them something back and I’m so grateful that they have taken to me like that as one of the boys from the academy and I hope it can continue.”