Eddie Nketiah scored his first goal for Arsenal since returning from his loan spell at Leeds United as the Gunners progressed to the FA Cup fifth round.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Elland Road, making 17 Championship appearances, scoring three league goals.
Arsenal opted to exercise the recall option following the lack of starts for the 20-year-old under Marcelo Bielsa and he now looks set to play some part in Arsenal’s season.
The striker scored his first goal since returning to the Gunners on Monday evening as Arsenal won at Bournemouth to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
A swift cross was finished off in typical style by the 20-year-old to give Mikel Arteta’s side a 2-0 lead after just 26 minutes.
Although Nketiah has moved on from the Whites, it is apparent he did make some good friends during his time at Elland Road, and a handful of his former teammates were quick to congratulate him on his goal.
Luke Ayling, Tyler Roberts and Leif Davis were quick to send their messages of support to the 20-year-old and even former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford got in on the act.
Leeds full-back Luke Ayling remarked that the goal was ‘light work’ for the forward with both Tyler Roberts and Leif Davis clearly impressed with the strikers performance.
Former Leeds man Jermaine Beckford also reacted to Nketiah’s goal for the Gunners, and plenty of Leeds fans are likely to be keeping a close eye on how he performs with Arsenal for the remainder of the season.
Nketiah will hope he can continue to be in and around the first team and that goal last night will have certainly given Mikel Arteta some food for thought.
It will probably be always a case of ‘what if’ for Leeds fans when it comes to Nketiah.
The 20-year-old is clearly a highly talented player and should go on to have a very good career with Arsenal or elsewhere.
Marcelo Bielsa’s stubbornness over the striker’s playing time was occasionally a source of frustration for some of the Elland Road faithful and with the team struggling to score goals, some may be wishing he was still with the club.
Nketiah obviously had an impact on his teammates and despite no longer being at the club, those at Elland Road clearly still hold him in high regard and will be hoping for the best for the their former teammate.
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