Ex-Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has hailed Eddie Nketiah following Arsenal’s hard fought 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday.
The former England international believes that Nketiah could play a vital role in Arsenal’s success this season.
Nketiah became the next option for Mikel Arteta upfront following Gabriel Jesus’ injury.
Mikel beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 with Nketiah and Bukayo Saka scoring for the Community Shield winners while Taiwo Awuniyi reduced the scoreline for the visitors.
“He is diligent behind the scenes, got a great work ethic.” Ferdinand said of the 24-year-old striker while speaking as a pundit on TNT Sport.
“Whatever you think of him, he knows how to put the ball in the back of the net. He can finish.
“Man City won the league with someone who scored 51 goals from the centre forward position.
“Arsenal don’t have that guy to do that but they have the potential to do it through a cluster of players.
“He is very valuable. He showed last year when Jesus got injured, for a period of time he didn’t go unnoticed.”