Eddie Nketiah has equaled former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu’s Arsenal Premier League record, after netting a brace in the Gunners’ win against Leeds at the Emirates on Sunday.
Arsenal continued their push for qualification to next season’s Champions League with a 2-1 win against relegation-threatened Leeds United.
Mikel Arteta’s men raced to two quick goals thanks to a brace from Nketiah who has now scored four goals in his last four games.
The England youth star capitalized on a mistake by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier to put Arsenal 1-0 ahead in the 5th minute.
In the 10th minute he was on the score sheet again as he made it 2-0 in favour of Arsenal.
After netting the second goal, Nketiah is now the second ever Arsenal player to score twice in the opening 10 minutes of a Premier League match, after Kanu against Sunderland in October 2002, according to football facts and statistics outfit OptaJoe.
In the 27th minute things went from bad to worse for Leeds as Luke Ayling was sent off following a challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.
Despite going down to 10 men, Leeds pulled a goal back through Diego Llorente who was unmarked at the back post.
However, all efforts to get at least a point was futile as Arsenal held on to claim the three points and are now just a point behind third placed Chelsea.
Their next league game is away to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur who are four points adrift of the Gunners.
Nketiah has been impressive of late for Arsenal and this should earn him a new contract at the north London club.
His inclusion in the side has coincided with the Gunners’ impressive upturn in form in recent weeks. He scored twice in the 4-2 win at Chelsea and also shone for Arsenal in the victories against Manchester United and West Ham.
Arteta has already said he hopes to keep the youngster, but the player has been seeking guarantees that he will play more first-team football.
It finally looks as if he is a major part of Arteta’s plans and on this evidence, he can be a big part of Arsenal’s future.Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.