Harry Redknapp has praised Arsenal Striker Eddie Nketiah for adding a different dimension to Arsenal’s style of play.
The West Ham head coach analysed the player’s influence on Arsenal’s attack, revealing that he relieves the pressure on the midfielders to connect with the ball.
Arsenal, in a lacklustre performance, fought to record a win against Hammers, with doubleheaders from central defenders Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes.
The win helped the Gunners close on Chelsea by three points, after the latter lost by a lone goal to relegation-threatened side, Everton.
Though the 22 years old was neither voted as the man of the match nor scored in the 2-0 win, Redknapp stressed that the player was instrumental in spreading the play of Arsenal, a quality he pinpointed Alexandre Lacazette lacks.
Redknapp told Sky Sports, “Nketiah has given Arsenal a different dimension.
“When you’ve got a player like Lacazette, who can’t run in behind, he’s always coming to the ball.
“It’s fine, he links the play, lovely, but you need to spread the play.
“You need to stretch teams and that is what Nketiah does.
“He gives the team a release and it changes the whole complexion of the game,” the Hammers’ boss added.
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Arsenal continues to fight for the Champions League qualifying spot with fellow Londoners, Tottenham.
A win against the Hammers saw the club maintain a two-point lead above Tottenham who would have leapfrogged the Mikel Arteta’s men after they torpedoed Leicester 3-1.
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