Paul Merson says incoming Ghanaian forward Eddie Nketiah is not good enough to fire Arsenal back into the top-four.
According the Arsenal legend, Nketiah wouldn’t even start for newly-promoted Premier League Fulham or Everton.
‘All Arsenal have got up front right now is Eddie Nketiah, who recently signed a new contract when it looked like he might leave,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“And no disrespect to Nketiah but Mikel Arteta must realise he won’t get you into the top four. Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact.
“Nketiah can’t be spearheading your Champions League push. He’s not getting in ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison at Everton and they almost got relegated.”
Nketiah made 92 first-team appearances and scored 23 goals since his first-team debut for the Gunners in 2017.
The 23-year-old finished last season in good form, starting Arsenal’s last eight league games and scoring five goals.
Nketiah agreed a new five-year contract with the Gunners last week, having finished the 2021-22 campaign in hot-blazing form.
Merson’s comments come as Arsenal close on a 45 million pound deal for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.