Former Premier League striker Glenn Murray has backed Arsenal supporters after they claimed that manager Mikel Arteta should give Reiss Nelson a starting role over Eddie Nketiah. The 23-year-old scored the only goal in the Gunners' 1-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup last night which sent them through to the last 16.
It marks just the first start the winger has made all season under Arteta, and only his fourth involvement at all. Having received just 15 minutes of Premier League football this season, the star is sure to be slowly rising up the pecking order at London Colney if he can keep putting in performances like he did last night.
Adding to his assist for Martin Odegaard's second half goal in the opening group stage match of Arsenal's Champions League campaign, Nelson's goal might've overshadowed his fantastic performance elsewhere, which saw him complete numerous impressive dribbles to help his side carry the ball forward and managed to pick up three fouls in the process. With performances like those, many have questioned why it's just the third time this calendar year that Nelson has started under Arteta.
One of those reasons has been the great start to the season Nketiah himself has enjoyed. The 24-year-old opened the club's account for the season on the opening weekend against Nottingham Forest and found another two weeks later against Fulham.
He managed to keep out-of-favour U.S international Folarin Balogun out of the side, even with a lengthy injury to Gabriel Jesus that he picked up during preseason, so much so that Arsenal ended up moving Balogun on to AS Monaco. Since Jesus' return, Nketiah hasn't seen his minutes drop either.
In the North London Derby, he was played centrally, forcing Jesus out ontoRead on football.london