Hale End excellence
Striker Nketiah, who was released by Chelsea as an under 14 player, came back to haunt his former club, benefiting from a loose Andreas Christensen back pass for his and Arsenal's first goal, before poking the ball into the back of the net from inside the penalty area to score another in the second half.
The 22-year-old has mainly been restricted from appearances off the bench and in cup competitions, but with Alexandre Lacazette in poor form and only just recovering from Covid-19, the young striker has certainly given Arteta plenty to think about.
With his contract running out at the end of the season, Nketiah's future is still unknown, but after Wednesday's performance he has certainly put himself in the shop window.
Smith Rowe and Saka both showed why they have been two of Arsenal's best players this season, with Smith Rowe scoring a sublime drilled effort from outside the box in the first half, and Saka converting a late penalty to secure all three points.
Their goals take the two England stars up to 10 Premier League goals each this season.
The Gunners bench was also full of plenty of exciting prospects from the academy with Miguel Azeez, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson, and Zak Swanson all making the match day squad.
Back on track
The Gunners have endured a dismal run of form coming into this game, losing three on the bounce in games that on paper they should have won.
As a result Arsenal looked as though they had shot themselves in the foot in regards to the top four race, and were looking down the barrel with games against Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and Tottenham awaiting them.
The race for the top four is beginning to heat up at the summit of the table, with the battle now consisting of four teams, all of which Arsenal are set to play in the next month.
Two London derbies then follow, with a home game against Leeds United in-between, all three of which are vitally important to each team.
West Ham are outsiders to place in the top four, but Tottenham currently appear in the drivers seat, with the result of the North London Derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium potentially being the decider for the all important fourth spot.