Ian Wright not impressed with Eddie Nketiah’s performance as Arsenal crash out of FA Cup


Wright believes Nketiah should have taken his chances (Picture: ITV)

Ian Wright was left unimpressed with Eddie Nketiah’s performance as Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup after defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Nketiah remains heavily linked with a move away from north London in the January transfer window but was given a rare starting opportunity for Sunday’s third round clash.

The Gunners created few chances but the England Under-21 international was on the end of their best just before the hour mark.

After some fine work from Bukayo Saka to get the cross in, Nketiah got his header all wrong and nodded harmlessly wide of goal.

Wright was left underwhelmed with Nketiah’s movement throughout the evening and felt the striker should have done better with the ‘half chances’ that came his way.


Nketiah struggled up front at the City Ground (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought his movement was very poor,’ Wright told ITV.

‘Ally [McCoist, on commentary duty] was talking about it, there were a couple of instances when you thought if it is not quite going for you, you just need to be sharper.’


Reacting to the missed chance, Wright continued: ‘He sees the ball all the way here, I’m not sure why he got mixed up with what he’s trying to do, is he going chest it, is he going to head it?

‘It was one of those days when he needed to take the half-chance because the game was going to be tough for you and as a striker you need to take that half-chance.

‘He had one with the header but he got it all mixed up.’

Defeat for Arsenal means there last chance for silverware this season will be the Carabao Cup.

Mikel Arteta’s side take on Liverpool in the first-leg of their semi-final showdown on Thursday.

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