18 year old Eddie Nketiah came off the bench and scored a brace to save Arsenal from crisis as the Gunners beat Championship side Norwich 2-1 in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
Arsene Wenger opted to go with a rather second string side and let his fringe players a go. Nelson, Maitland-Niles started, so it was a debut in the goal for Matt Macey. Puskas Winner Olivier Giroud started along with another centurion Gunner Theo Walcott.
The Canaries on the other side started with a decent squad as they vowed to beat Arsenal first time since 1992 at the Gunners territory.
Wilshere started at home for the first time this season
Arsenal couldn’t play their at their optimum on the day, may be it was the lack of the quality of the players or their mentality, the Gunners struggled to put up a good show. It was Norwich who drew first blood when Josh Murphy went through and chipped the ball over an advanced Matt Macey as the visitors went one up.
After break Arsenal piled the pressure but they lacked the final ball and couldn’t involve the likes of Giroud in the box. Maddison and Nelson Oliveira also missed big chances to score for the Canaries and that went on to haunt them later. Arsenal equalized five minutes from time when substitute Eddie Nketiah scored from his first touch from a corner to take the game to extra time.
Nketiah celebrating his second goal
Five minutes into extra time, Nketiah rose highest in another corner and scored a thumping header to make it 2-1 for Arsenal. The Gunners held on and advance to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
Eddie scored on his first touch
In the other matches, City won in penalties against Wolves, Leicester beat Leeds and Bristol City thrashed Premier league club Crystal Palace.