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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Eddie Nketiah has a future at the club after he scored to help the Gunners see off Leeds United and reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Substitute Calum Chambers‘ header crept over the line seconds of coming off the bench, before former Leeds loanee Nketiah pounced to wrap up the tie.
The forward cleverly flicked the ball over a stranded Illan Meslier.
And just did enough to nudge it over the line before the visiting keeper could recover.
Leeds had looked the more threatening side until the first goal in an open.
And entertaining game against a much-changed Arsenal side at Emirates Stadium.
But Arteta’s outfit were comfortable after establishing their lead as the visitors.
Became stretched looking for a way back into the game, with Nketiah impressing.
“I have full belief that he is going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal,”
“I’m happy to have him, he is our player, I regard him really highly and from my side I want him to stay.”
“We had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn’t either way.”
“That contract situation is more and more common in football.
Where we are coming from with Covid and a lot of the issues that we have to resolve.
“I have no doubts what he can offer. Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and he demands himself more.
“I’m delighted to see his performance. He totally deserved it.
He has other players who play in that position and he has a personal situation but I try to leave that aside.”
Arsenal, hoping to win the competition for first time since 1993, will find out their last-eight opponents in Saturday’s draw.
VAR may not have been in use but Arsenal’s opener still felt like it took an age to register as all eyes were fixed on referee Andre Marriner to see whether the ball had crossed the line.
The official glanced at his watch, gave the signal that Chambers’ header had squeezed in despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Meslier and the hosts’ delayed celebrations began.
Chambers ran to embrace Arsenal’s set-piece coach Nicolas Jover.
He who told the substitute he would score with his first touch of the ball while he was waiting to come on.
Jover was proved correct, just 23 seconds after Chambers entered the field.
As a replacement for £50m defender Ben White, who had limped off moments earlier.
Leeds have not won away against Arsenal since 2003 at Highbury and that wait goes on.
But they were buoyed by a vocal travelling support and enjoyed the best of the first half.
Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to get down quickly to palm Jack Harrison’s fierce half-volley away and Daniel James proved a constant threat.
But Bielsa’s focus now returns to the Premier League and a trip to Norwich City on Sunday.