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'Arteta has taught me a lot' - Nketiah says young players 'can definitely improve' under 'personable' Arsenal boss

6:16 AM MYT 04/09/2020
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The talented young striker has talked up the credentials of his manager at Emirates Stadium ahead of his latest run out for England's U21s

Eddie Nketiah says Mikel Arteta "has taught me a lot" and that young players "can definitely improve" under the "personable" Arsenal boss.

Nketiah has been among a number of young players to have benefited from Arteta's arrival at Emirates Stadium last December.

The 21-year-old was called back from a loan spell at Leeds United in January, before being asked to step up to the first team alongside the likes of Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson.

He went on to score four goals in 17 appearances for the Gunners at the back end of the 2019-20 campaign, and impressed with his dynamic style of play in the final third of the pitch.

Nketiah has not yet been able to move ahead of either Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette in the squad pecking order, but looks set for a bright future in north London if he continues on his current trajectory.

The England U21 international, who is expected to captain his country for the first time in a European Championships qualifier against Kosovo on Friday, has credited Arteta for fast-tracking his development over the past nine months.

Nketiah also praised the Spanish tactician for his thoughtful approach to management and willingness to give extra guidance to the club's next generation of talent.

"Mikel has taught me a lot," said the Arsenal starlet. "He is definitely very personable. He does a lot of tactical work about understanding your role.

"As a player, it's great to see the manager going into such detail — it shows how much he cares.

"As a young player, if you have the right mentality, you can definitely improve under him and that's something I'm trying to do.

"He's helped my all-round game, given me chances to express myself, make mistakes and try to correct them. I'm learning on the job."

Nketiah will also be in action for Aidy Boothroyd's U21s away against Austria on Tuesday, before his focus shifts to the start of the new Premier League season.

Arsenal are scheduled to face newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage on September 12, and have a London derby date against West Ham pencilled in eight days later at the Emirates.