Michael Owen identifies Arsenal’s next “goal machine” amid attacking woes

Arsenal are struggling for goals under Mikel Arteta – but the solution might be right in front of him.

The Gunners boss has persisted with Alexandre Lacazette despite his below-par start to the season with youngster Eddie Nketiah amongst those finding his game time limited.

But Nketiah sent another clear message to the Spaniard regarding his capabilities in front of goal with a brace against Albania for England Under-21s.

And Michael Owen, who knows a thing or two about finding the net, believes the academy graduate has what it takes to become a “goal machine” in the Premier League.

Owen reckons Nketiah simply needs consistent game time from Arteta in order to kick-on and potentially solve their recent problem.

Michael Owen has backed Eddie Nketiah to become a “goal machine”

“He’s very good,” Owen said of Nketiah on BT Sport.

“He’s got a real smell for it, hasn’t he? He knows where the ball’s going to drop. I like his movement. I like his hunger to score goals.

“Some players are confidence players. If you miss a penalty and you’re a confidence player, you go missing all game.

“If you’ve just got pure self-belief, it just shrugs off you and you’re just onto the next one.

Nketiah has impressed former England striker Michael Owen

“With that type of attitude, with the way he plays, he’s just going to be a goal machine all his career.

“The key for him is obviously trying to get consistently into that Arsenal team, and then all his horizons are open.”

Arteta seemingly recognises Nketiah’s talents.

He brought him back from a loan spell at Leeds and has been vocal in his praise of the youngster.

Mikel Arteta has publicly praised Nketiah in the past and he could now kick-on

Asked if Nketiah was close to being a starter after the last international break, Arteta said: “Well, he’s very close because he’s already challenging everybody every week, whether he’s starting or not.

“I always have no doubts with him because of the way he trains and performs, his goalscoring record is getting better and better every week.

“He’s evolving the right way and this is what we need, players challenging and knocking on the door to become starters for us.”

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