One door closes, and another one opens.

With Danny Welbeck most likely missing the rest of this season, barring a miraculous recovery, we are bereft of a player who gave much on the pitch to us, whether it be out wide or up top.

Welbeck has been in fine form this season, even in his role as backup, with precious little match rhythm. 5 goals in ten appearances is a fine return, and Unai Emery was evidently aware of his worth, with the England striker being increasingly involved before his horror injury.

Now, the opportunity has arisen for Eddie Nketiah.

He has waited long enough to be fair.

Since his explosive winning goals in the League Cup last season, Nketiah has had to be content with fleeting minutes scattered widely across competitions.

Nketiah though, has obviously been doing something right, as pre-season was enough for new coach Unai Emery to involve him heavily in his first squads. Nketiah is now a regular in the first team squads and on the bench.

Minutes though? They have been tougher to come by.

He is in fine touch though. For the reserves, he has played in 8 games, scored seven times and made one assist. That is a goal contribution in every game. He has played four times for the England Under-21 team and scored twice - a goal every two games.

Nketiah is ripping up every stage he is appearing on. Just not the one he wants.

It shows that the 19 year old is doing everything in his power to earn a first team chance - and now that Welbeck is not standing in the way - it means that he can finally move up a rung.

It means he will get runouts. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are deservedly front and centre when it comes to goal-getting responsibilities, but our involvement in plenty of competitions has seen rotation become commonplace. This is where Eddie will get his break.

And the form he is showing means we can be confident that he will make his mark.

Young Eddie has an open path. This is his chance.

Will he capture it, or let it slip?