Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has been left out of the matchday squad for his side’s UEFA Champions League clash against Sevilla tonight. The Hale End academy graduate netted his first-ever Premier League hat-trick a little over a week ago during a 5-0 victory over Sheffield United.
But football.london reported yesterday that the clinical frontman is nursing a knock he picked up during the game against Newcastle United over the weekend. Now, the Gunners have confirmed that he won’t be in action against Sevilla, with Leandro Trossard taking his place through the middle.
Writing on X (formerly known as Twitter, the north London club said: “Eddie Nketiah misses out on tonight’s squad with an ankle knock.” However, football.london understands that Nketiah’s knock is not serious and that he will be in contention for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Burnley.
The aforementioned Trossard is more than capable of operating up top, frequently playing as a false nine last term as he formed an excellent understanding with wingers Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. The Belgian international likes to drop deep into midfield, receiving the ball and healing to link the play, something that can also allow Kai Havertz to roam further forward from midfield.
Havertz is joined in the center of the park by holding options Declan Rice and Jorginho in a team that, other than Nketiah, is unchanged from Saturday evening’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United. The Magpies defeated the Gunners thanks to a second-half Anthony Gordon finish that was shrouded in controversy.
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After Gordon had poked the ball home from close range, VAR checked three possible offenses from Eddie Howe’s side in the build-up before eventually awarding them the goal. After the full-time whistle, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta came out criticizing the officiating on the night before the north London club showed their support for the Spaniard with a club statement on Sunday condemning the officiating.
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