Arsenal U23’s coach Freddie Ljungberg has despatched a message to Unai Emery about who ought to substitute Alexandre Lacazette in opposition to BATE Borisov on Thursday night.
The Frenchman will miss the sport on the Emirates Stadium by means of suspension after lashing out along with his elbow because the Gunners fell to a shock 1-Zero Europa League spherical of 32 first-leg defeat in Belarus final week.
Emery does have the choice of recalling prime scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to his beginning XI, however Ljungberg has instructed the Spanish tactician that teenager Eddie Nketiah is able to make the step up.
“If he will get the decision, he’s able to play with out query,” Ljungberg instructed the Islington Gazette. “It’s completely as much as the supervisor, I’ve at all times thought we’ve gamers who’re able to do nicely but it surely’s as much as the primary workforce.
“All I can do is advise and attempt to get the gamers as prepared as attainable.
“It’s essential for Eddie to play video games.
“As a striker, you may’t simply prepare since you wish to really feel that feeling to get your self in the proper place on the proper time to attain.
“That’s why I believe it was essential for Eddie to play so he’s prepared when he will get an opportunity within the first-team.
“He wants video games, as a striker he at all times must be enjoying.”
Nketiah burst onto the scene with a brace within the Carabao Cup tie in opposition to Norwich Metropolis final season and has been in and across the first workforce this time period.
He has made two begins within the Europa League up to now, however is but to open his account for the marketing campaign – at senior degree – and was an unused substitute on the Borisov Enviornment final week.