Eddie Nketiah was non-committal over his future after his double consigned 10-man Leeds United to a 2-1 defeat and moved Arsenal a step closer to qualifying for the Champions League.
Nketiah pounced on a howler from Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier to open the scoring and added a second goal only 10 minutes into the Premier League encounter at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Luke Ayling was sent off for a reckless lunge on Gabriel Martinelli just 27 minutes in, and although Diego Llorente pulled one back in the second half, his close-range strike was in vain.
A fourth win in a row moved the Gunners four points clear of fierce rivals Tottenham with three games to play in the battle for a top-four finish ahead of a huge north London derby on Thursday.
Nketiah is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and the in-form striker, who has been linked with Crystal Palace, gave little away when asked about his future after plunging his former club Leeds into the relegation zone.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s a great atmosphere throughout the whole season, it’s been excellent.
“You really feel the connection between the players and the fans, it’s amazing to be involved.”
2 – Eddie Nketiah is the second ever @Arsenal player to score twice in the opening 10 minutes of a Premier League match, after @papilokanu against Sunderland in October 2002. Steady. #ARSLEE pic.twitter.com/7x8Xmz4I9P
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2022
Nketiah’s opportunities have been limited this season, but he has four goals in as many games after scoring twice in a recent victory at Chelsea.
The 22-year-old is relishing the chance to show what he is capable of as Mikel Arteta’s side strive to seal a return to the premier club competition in Europe.
He said: “Any player just wants to be playing and get the opportunities. I’ve worked hard throughout the season to make sure that I was ready when I get my chance, and credit to my team-mates for helping me play and do well. I’m just happy in the team and helping.”
Arsenal will be guaranteed a Champions League place if they beat Spurs in their own backyard, while Leeds are in the bottom three following Everton’s 2-1 win at Leicester City.
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