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The ambitious 21-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his current captain and become a fearsome frontman himself in the future

Eddie Nketiah is looking to learn the art of being a “top striker” from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Arsenal youngster determined to tread a similar path to greatness.

At 21 years of age, a product of the Gunners’ famed academy system is only just starting down that path.

Mikel Arteta has shown great trust in him, with the youngster called back from a frustrating loan spell at Leeds last season.

He was thrust straight into the fold after returning to Emirates Stadium, with 17 appearances taken in across all competitions.

Four goals were registered through those outings, with Arteta opting to select Nketiah ahead of experienced France international Alexandre Lacazette at times.

He has remained a regular at the start of 2020-21, with his goal account for the new season opened with a late winner in a derby date with West Ham last time out.

Arsenal to be without eight players for Leicester City Carabao Cup tie

Mikel Arteta will be unable to call upon the services of as many as eight players for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash against Leicester City.

The Gunners have had a fine start to the season, beating Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield and winning two out of two at the start of their Premier League campaign with victories over Fulham and West Ham.

They will no doubt be desperate to keep the momentum going when they take on the in-form Foxes at the Emirates – but are facing something of an injury crisis.

None of the long-term absentees Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Shkodran Mustafi have recovered in time for the match, although the update provided by Arsenal suggest Mari could be back by the end of the month.

Completing the injury list are Sokratis and Cedric Soares, who are both suffering calf problems but are expected to resume full training later this week.

Arteta is expected to name a mix of first-team and reserve players for the game against Leicester, with his side having four days off following the match before their huge Premier League clash against Liverpool at Anfield next Monday.

The Gunners have not won the League Cup since 1993, and have only triumphed twice in the club’s history.

key backroom staff member

According to the Athletic (subscription required), Arsenal have now struck an agreement to appoint Bruno Mazziotti as a member of their medical team.

The Brazilian is finalising his exit from Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal have been working on this backroom appointment since June.

The Athletic report that Mazziotti arrives following the departure of physiotherapy chief Chris Morgan to rivals Liverpool, with the Brazilian set to work closely with medical head honcho Gary O’Driscoll.

Mazziotti’s exact job title is yet to be revealed, but the 42-year-old will work as part of the medical team.

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