London giants Arsenal nearly witnessed themselves get kicked out of the League Cup by Championship side Norwich City but managed to survive thanks to their young winger Edward Nketiah. The newcomer helped his side bounce back to victory after scoring two magnificent goals.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decided to give a debut to their 23-year-old goalkeeper Matt Macey on Tuesday. Starts were also handed to Jack Wilshere and 20-year-old promising winger Ashley Maitland-Niles.
The star of the show, however, was 18-year-old wonderkid Edward Nketiah, who scored a brace to rescue his side from the brink of League Cup elimination.
The game started off in fiery fashion with Arsenal nearly scoring in the first three minutes. Defender Rob Holding headed the ball in from point-blank but Norwich keeper Angus Gunn did well and pulled off a magnificent save.
Despite their early attempts at goal, however, it was Norwich who would open the scoring at the 34th minute. Canaries playmaker James Maddison pulled off a sweet pass towards Josh Murphy, who slotted the ball home past a rushing Macey for the goal.
Macey made up for his earlier mistake, however, by making a fantastic save, blocking an attempt from Nelson Oliveira from inside the box. The first half, however, ended with Norwich a goal to the good.
Come the second half, Norwich were at it again, with Nelson Oliveira just missing the opportunity to head the ball home Murphy’s cross gets punched away by Macey. The away side had a couple more chances come their way, but couldn’t apply the finish.
1 – Eddie Nketiah (born 30/05/99) is the first player born after Arsene Wenger was appointed @Arsenal manager to score for the club. Youth.
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Then came the 85th minute. Nketiah’s first touch of the game was a brilliant prodding of the ball towards the back of the net from a well-taken corner, ensuring the game went to extra-time.
Nketiah would strike again at the 96th minute, scoring from yet another corner to give his side the lead. And once Arsenal got their noses in front, they never let go of it.
Arsenal had their heart in their throats a few minutes from time when Mathieu Debuchy clattered Norwich midfielder James Husband inside the box late on. The Canaries appealed for a penalty but the referee waved off the protests.
In the end, the Gunners would come out on top, thanks to a superb sub in Edward Nketiah.
⏱ 84: AFC 0-1 NCFC
⏱ 85: @EddieNketiah9 comes on to chants of “Who?”
FT: AFC 2-1 NCFC
Eddie who? 😉 pic.twitter.com/4vkxgrx5Fy
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 24, 2017