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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Nketiah gunning for more

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah. Photo: Reuters
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah. Photo: Reuters

Eddie Nketiah is hoping to achieve many more of his footballing dreams after the teenager came off the bench to rescue Arsenal on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old scored his first senior goals to help the Gunners come from behind to beat Norwich 2-1 after extra-time and take their place in the League Cup quarter-finals.

Josh Murphy had given the Canaries a surprise lead at the Emirates Stadium but Daniel Farke’s side missed a number of chances to seal a famous win before Arsenal hit back.

Wenger, who made 11 changes from the side that won 5-2 at Everton on Sunday, turned to Nketiah with five minutes to go and the former Chelsea youngster responded with an equaliser just 15 seconds into his home debut.

That took the game to extra-time where Nketiah would head home the winning goal to send Arsenal into the last eight and leave the home crowd chanting the name of their latest prospect.

“I’m delighted to get two goals and win the match for the team,” the England Under-19 international said. “I’m very thankful to the boss for giving me that opportunity.

“I’m really happy that the fans welcomed me into the team like that and to hear your name at such a young age is a dream come true and hopefully it is the first of many.

“I came on there with full focus to help the team win and I believe in myself and I believe that I can always get goals so I just tried to get in goalscoring opportunities and thankfully they went in.”

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