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Jamie Redknapp on why Mikel Arteta picks Eddie Nketiah up front over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jun 2020 7:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Jamie Redknapp on why Mikel Arteta picks Eddie Nketiah up front over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisement Nketiah started through the middle on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp believes Mikel Arteta is picking Eddie Nketiah ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front for Arsenal because of his impressive workrate and compared the more experienced striker’s struggles to make the centre-forward spot his own to Sergio Aguero under Pep Guardiola. Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, often used to give Gabriel Jesus game time ahead of Aguero in his early days at the Etihad, but while there is still an element of rotation now, it’s clear that Aguero has become the main man once more. Redknapp believes it took Aguero time to ‘buy into’ Guardiola’s hard-working philosophy, where strikers chase down lost causes. AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta, who used to work under Guardiola at City, is in a similar predicament. ADVERTISEMENTWith Aubameyang’s future unclear, he has favoured Nketiah through the middle – using the Gabon international in a wide left role. And Redknapp thinks that Nketiah’s ability to press from the front – which led to his opener against Southampton following an error from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy – has seen him get the nod ahead of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – who was left on the bench. Aubameyang has been forced out wide (Picture: Getty)Redknppp told Sky Sports: ‘Work from the front, chase things down… It took a little while for Aguero to buy into it and I don’t know if Aubameyang at this age will be that striker still, especially if he doesn’t want to be at the club and he wants to go. ‘He thinks with Nketiah – he works hard for the team. It’s a midfielder’s dream, it’s a defender’s dream, when someone is just pickpocketing balls around the pitch and winning balls back. It’s fantastic. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And he gets his reward. It’s not good goalkeeping, it’s not good from the defender as well. ‘But a lot of strikers would just leave it, they wouldn’t bother chasing lost causes, he did it and deserved that goal for that reason.’MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more