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HERO: Eddie Nketiah

ARSENAL HAVE a new hero in teenager Eddie Nketiah. With Norwich City a goal to the good in this fourth round of the Carabao Cup, Nketiah came on to replace Reiss Nelson and levelled with his first touch following his 85th minute introduction. City had earlier stunned the Emirates faithful when Josh Murphy dinked over debutant keeper Matt Macey to give the Championship side the lead. Having taken the lead, the visitors then spurned chances falling to Oliveira, Murphy and Mario Vrancic and the game finished at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

That wastefulness would come back to haunt the Canaries who succumbed in the sixth minute of first half time added on. Mohamed Elneny's corner went deep into the Norwich area, and for once Angus Gunn didn't come for the ball. Like a leaping salmon, Nketiah rose high into the North London night to power his header into the Norwich net for the winner. Chants of " Eddie, Eddie, Eddie," echoed over the Emirates stadium, a new Arsenal hero was born as the near ten thousand visiting fans fell silent for the first time in this fascinating match.

18-year-old Nketiah, a former Chelsea youth player is the first player born since Arsene Wenger started his reign as Arsenal manager in 1996 - to score for the club. After the final whistle, Wenger gave his reasons on why he brought on Nketiah, and predicted a bright future for his teenage protege.

"I brought him on because we needed to score goals and he can score goals. In the end we had eight strikers on the pitch," began Wenger. "I knew he had quality, but when the team need you and you deliver, that's another quality you don't know about until you go on to the pitch," he continued. Impressive as he was, when asked, Wenger was cautious not to make comparisons with Ian Wright, reasoning that he had only had an outing amounting to 40 minutes.

"I'm impressed to think that he was not even conceived when I was already here! But it's good as well because life gives chances to young people. Hopefully he'll have a long career at Arsenal. "We're proud to give chances to young players, it's part of our DNA, and we want to continue to do that."

Nketiah began his youth football career at Chelsea, however the Blues let him go in 2015, the same year he joined the Gunners.

His double were Nketiah's first goals for the club in only his second appearance. His first appearance was as an 89th-minute substitute in the 4-2 away Europa League win over Bate Borisov in September.

"I don't know why exactly Chelsea let him go or if he decided to leave, but young players more and more nowadays travel from one club to another. We're happy to have him.

"I can't remember a young player having such an impact in a game like that. Until he came on we lacked ideas and creativity," reasoned Wenger who accepted that Nketiah will be in the frame for more games, and the fans will demand to see him.

Looking on, one could reason that this is how Walcott and Iwobi should play. On the strength of his brace and all round impact, you could easily make a case for starting Nketiah ahead of his more experienced team mates, but that expectation, just like Nketiah will have to managed by Wenger.

Norwich were aggrieved that Elneny was only shown a yellow card when he fouled Oliveira, and also when they felt that Mathieu Debuchy and James Husband clashed. But despite Norwich leading for most of the game, it was Arsenal who would progress into the quarter-finals.

With time running out for the Gunners, Francis Coquelin headed on Walcott's corner and reacting the quickest, was Nketiah to strike home from close in. The youngster who has netted 24 times in youth games certainly knows how to celebrate too.

Powering his header in for 2-1 and Nketiah raced away to be congratulated by his team mates. He could have and should have scored what would have been anunbelievable hat-trick when he skipped past his marker and bore down on Gunn. The Norwich keeper kept out that effort, but by then the victory already belonged to Arsenal and the night had already been single handedly claimed by Nketiah.

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