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Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah admits he had ‘chip on his shoulder’ after Chelsea released him when he was a youngster

ARSENAL ace Eddie Nketiah admitted he had a “chip on his shoulder” heading to the derby against Chelsea.

Nketiah was determined to prove himself at Stamford Bridge against the Blues, who offloaded him when he was playing for their Under-14 side.

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Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah admitted he had a chip on his shoulder against ChelseaCredit: Getty
Eddie Nketiah scored a brace for Arsenal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Eddie Nketiah scored a brace for Arsenal against Chelsea at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty

And the striker did just that as he led the Gunners to a 4-2 victory over the West Londoners with an impressive brace.

Nketiah said after the match: “It makes it that bit more special.

“I was here until U14s and got let go and you always have that chip on your shoulder to come and prove yourself.

“Today it was good I got two goals but it’s not about me it’s about the team bouncing back and getting the three points.”

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta sang Nketiah’s praises and suggested his humility played a big part in the performance he put together at Chelsea.

The 22-year-old has been getting plenty of opportunities lately, even though his contract runs out in June.

Arteta said: “What I’ve been saying all the time about Eddie.

“When you look at him in training and how humble he is all the time, good things happen.

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“Good things happen to good people. The same with Mo Elneny and Rob Holding.”

Arteta added: “What I love is the spirit of these players.

“When you lose matches you get punished and criticised but with these players I don’t care because they’re growing.

“For us to win a London derby away the way we did it I’m really happy as well.”

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