Arteta says two ‘important’ Arsenal aces will now play together more often

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has raised the prospect of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah playing in the same team.

After guiding his side to a 3-1 win over Orlando City, Arteta faced the media at his post-match press conference in America.

Nketiah started last night’s game and scored his side’s second goal of the game to put them back in front at 2-1.

Jesus was on the bench, but has been brought in as the first choice striker this summer, and is also capable of playing out wide.

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Arteta suggests Jesus and Nketiah can play together

After the game, he was asked about the prospect of playing Nketiah and Jesus in the same team as a strike partnership and said: “We want to build those relationships.

“They haven’t played a lot of minutes together yet, the same with Martin (Odegaard) and Gabi, for example.

“We have to start to do that, we obviously do it in training, but to put it into practice in matches is important.

“You can see that they’re finding themselves with good timing and it’s important because they are two players with a big goal threat.

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It will be interesting to see if Arteta does start to do this and if so, how he gets Nketiah and Jesus into his team at the same time.

There aren’t many sides using a front two on a regular basis in the Premier League right now, and although Jesus can play wide, he might not fancy being shunted out there to account for Nketiah.

The pair seem to be Arsenal’s biggest goal threats, and it will be interesting to see how Arteta goes forward into the new season.

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