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Pundits heap praise on Arsenal after 'brilliant' Nketiah bags a brace in win

  /  autty

Eddie Nketiah has been widely praised after bagging a late winner in Arsenal's clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

After levelling the game in the first half with a well-placed header, the striker completed his brace with a tricky flick past David De Gea in the 90th minute.

The win moves the Gunners five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand over second-place Manchester City.

Gary Neville lauded the way Mikel Arteta's side kept the pressure on United in the closing minutes, as he told Sky Sports: 'They have been pressing, Arsenal. They have played brilliantly in these last 20 minutes, it has been so difficult for United.

'The pressure down the sides, those little pass back to the penalty spot and it has eventually paid off. Mikel Arteta, his bench and this ground goes wild.’

On Nketiah, the pundit added: 'He has been brilliant. the feeling was that when  [Gabriel] Jesus got injured they would struggle, but he has led the line brilliantly.'

Roy Keane agreed with his former teammate, as he added: 'Credit to the striker.  Absolutely fantastic. He's in the right place, it comes to him very quickly.

'All the top strikers say if you hang around that six yard box the ball will come to you, he deserved it.'

Jamie Redknapp also praised the strike, calling it an 'Ian Wright finish'.

Nketiah has now scored 11 goals this season, and will continue to play a key role for the Gunners as Jesus recovers from an injury that is likely to keep him out for at least another month.

Arsenal travel to strugglers Everton for their next game, and will face one of their toughest tests this season when they face Man City on February 15.