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Eddie Nketiah dreams of Champions League success with Arsenal

Eddie Nketiah believes Arsenal should approach the knockout stage of the Champions League without fear.

A rotated Arsenal squad secured a 1-1 draw against PSV Eindhoven in their final Group B match. Both teams had already secured spots in the last 16 before the match.

Nketiah, who scored his first Champions League goal, sees no reason why Arsenal, as group winners, shouldn’t be confident about progressing far in the competition.

“We are relishing the next round of games,” Nketiah told reporters.

“Playing in this competition, you are always going to get tough draws. Every team in this competition is good and earned the right to play here.

“There is no point being in a competition if you don’t dream to win. We have the quality to do so and we are pushing every day to win every tournament that we enter and play in – that’s our aim and that’s the aim of Arsenal Football Club.

“That’s what the fans want and we are working every day to try and achieve that dream. My dream is to win all of it.

“It (Champions League) is a great competition to be in. We have worked so hard to get there, so we are going to keep pushing every day to deliver and, hopefully, achieve our dreams.”

Nketiah enjoying a rare chance to start for Arsenal

Nketiah, who was part of the eight alterations made for the European match following the 1-0 loss at Aston Villa, is determined to capitalize on any possible opportunities. The 24-year-old plans to seize the most out of the chances.

“Every kid dreams of scoring in the Champions League. It was a nice finish and it was good to get some minutes in the tank,” he said.

“Every game has got a meaning. Although we were through, we wanted to keep winning. We are obsessed with winning, we want to keep pushing.

“For those of us who maybe haven’t played in the last couple of weeks as much as we would have liked, it was a good opportunity to show ourselves and get some sharpness.”

Nketiah added: “I think we are all good players, so we all strive to play at the highest level. I think we have taken to this competition really well.

“We have had a good start and the most important thing is we qualified top and are through. We have enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next round.”

On Sunday, Arsenal will be hosting Brighton as they strive to maintain pressure at the summit of the table, currently trailing by just one point behind the leaders, Liverpool.

Nketiah said: “There are going to be a lot of games, hopefully a lot of minutes to go around. You have just got to be ready.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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