Eddie! Eddie!! Eddie!!!
That was the name that was chanted at the Emirates as the Gunners came from behind to defeat Norwich City 2-1 to book a place in the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup.
Eddie Nketiah came on as a substitute, and scored within 15 seconds of making his debut at the Emirates to draw Arsenal level in the 85th minute. Francis Coquelin directed a corner towards the young forward who poked home the equalizer with his first touch of the game. The Gunners were trailing behind since Josh Murphy’s goal in the 34th minute and had to rely on Wenger’s sub to save the day. Edie became the first player born after Wenger was appointed at Arsenal to score for Arsenal.
Extra time was needed and Eddie inked his name in the hearts of the Emirates Fans with a winning header in the 96th minute. He rose highest and shook the need with a header to send Arsenal fans to ecstasy land. Late on, he missed a chance to grab a hat-trick after racing through on goal in second half extra time.
Such fairy-tale is what makes the league cup exciting. Arsenal may have not won the League Cup in ages but it has been a system to showcase young talents by Arsene Wenger. Remember the famous Reading 5-7 Arsenal? Gibbs, Wilshere, Szczesny, Ramsey, Coquelin, Iwobi all grew through the ranks. Now it is the time for Nelson, Niles, and now Eddie Nketiah.
Chuba Akpom made his first appearance for Arsenal this season and put up a good shift. Matt Macey made his debut as well for the Gunners and became the first English goalie to play for Arsenal at the Emirates. Josh Dasilva and Joe Willock had some game time as well.
The senior players also tasted action – Olivier “Puskas” Giroud, Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Matt Debuchy, and Rob Holding. Good to see Jack Wilshere play more than 90 minutes.
In all, the night belonged to Eddie Nketiah whose goal scoring record at youth levels is amazing.
Three Things? Eddie! Eddie!! Eddie!!!
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