Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit explains why Nketiah can’t replace Jesus and reveals how Nkunku can shine at Chelsea

ARSENAL legend Emmanuel Petit claims Eddie Nketiah is unwilling to replace injured star Gabriel Jesus because he is “still young”.

Jesus suffered a knee injury while playing with Brazil at the 2022 World Cup and went under the knife with the Gunners amid fears he could be out for three months.

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit doesn't think Eddie Nketiah can replace Gabriel Jesus


Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit doesn’t think Eddie Nketiah can replace Gabriel JesusCredit: PA
Emmanuel Petit suggested Arsenal turn to the January transfer window


Emmanuel Petit suggested Arsenal turn to the January transfer windowPhoto credit: Rex

Manager Mikel Arteta needs a replacement for the striker who has been crucial for the north Londoners, who topped the Premier League table with five goals and six assists in 14 games.

Nketiah is Arteta’s only other choice to play as a centre-forward but Petit claims that responsibility comes ‘too soon’ for the 23-year-old.

The France great player suggested Arsenal must turn to the January transfer window as they have ‘no options’.

Speaking to Mega Casino, Petit said: “I think Arsenal have a very good squad with a very good mentality. Arteta and his staff do a very good job.

“Even Edu. I wasn’t convinced about Edu at first, but the work he’s done over the last two transfer windows has convinced me. He’s made the right decisions and he has a vision. It seems everyone at the club is going pull along in the same direction.

“What happened to [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang shows you how fragile a dressing room can be – even your own captain can be a hazard! Getting rid of him was a strong decision and Arteta and Edu obviously have a clear vision of what they want to do at the football club. On the pitch you can see that the players are really betting on Arteta.

“The starting eleven are of exceptional quality but the depth on the bench isn’t as good as it should be and if you want to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool you need more and you need to be clever in the transfer market.” especially when you’re without a player like Jesus.

“Ben White is fit but mentally we have no idea. We also don’t know about the other players coming back from the World Cup. Arsenal definitely have, and even Arteta said so, few options. They need more players.” .

“Nketiah is a good player, but he’s still young. He’s gaining experience all the time, but you can’t replace Jesus with Nketiah and expect the same results. It’s too early for him. If you use him and expect that, that’s that Not fair to players but his time will come.”

Petit also claims Chelsea have problems up front but the ex-Blues ace believes RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku can solve them.

Nkunku is expected to join Graham Potter’s squad in July after a reported £53m deal with Leipzig.

The forward faces the famous Curse No 9 at Stamford Bridge but Petit believes he could still emulate Didier Drogba’s success even if they aren’t the same.


Emmanuel Petit believes Christopher Nkunku can succeed at Chelsea


Emmanuel Petit believes Christopher Nkunku can succeed at ChelseaPhoto credit: Getty

The ex-Barcelona star claims the France international, who missed the World Cup with a leg injury, can shine because he will be well-equipped for the challenge.

Petit added: “He’s a very good player. Will he be a hit? You know, just like I know, there’s a Striker’s Curse on Stamford Bridge! I hope he will break the curse.”

“I hope he can follow in the same footsteps as Drogba. He’s not the same type of player as Drogba but he has so much quality. He uses space with his speed. He also has great technical quality and he’s clinical, when he plays stands in front of the goal.

“He was the best player in the Bundesliga, that’s a great achievement, especially when you don’t play for Bayern [Munich] or [Borussia] Dortmund, the last player to do that was Kevin de Bruyne!

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“It was so sad that he couldn’t go to the World Cup, but he has a great career ahead of him. He’s hungry to be successful. He hasn’t been with the biggest club in the Bundesliga yet, so when he goes to Chelsea it will be a step up for him.

“He’s going to want to prove he deserves to be there. I think he’s ready to take the next steps in his career and he’s ready to deal with the pressure and expectations that come with being plays as a striker for Chelsea.” Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit explains why Nketiah can’t replace Jesus and reveals how Nkunku can shine at Chelsea


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