Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta's recent comments appear to suggest he favours Eddie Nketiah over Alexandre Lacazette due to the youngster's work-rate and ability to press.

Nketiah started ahead of Lacazette in the 2-0 win over Southampton, and the 21-year-old scored the game's opener after closing down goalkeeper Alex McCarthy's pass and tapping home in an empty net. 

Lacazette, meanwhile, has not played a full 90 minutes since football resumed amid speculation he could be on his way out of Arsenal at the end of the season. 

Speaking following the victory, Arteta, who recalled Nketiah from his loan spell at Leeds in January, was full of praise for the striker.

"Eddie since I joined, the maturity and personality that he plays [with in] every game is incredible," Arteta said.

"I demand a lot from the forward players to put the opponent under pressure and they've done it. A lot of the goals we score are because of the errors we force on the opponent.