Arsenal came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Norwich City at the Emirates on Tuesday night with youngster Eddie Nketiah bailing them out of trouble.
The 18-year-old came off the bench to score twice as it took extra-time for the Gunners to see off their Championship opposition in the fourth round of the League Cup.
It was a dream home debut for the youngster, as it took him just 15 seconds to get on the scoresheet to draw his side level after Josh Murphy had given the visitors the lead, as the travelling supporters were left heartbroken having been five minutes away from an unlikely upset.
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However, as seen above, not only did Arsenal’s hero score the equaliser, but he headed home the winning goal in extra time too to secure their place in the quarter-finals.
Unsurprisingly, Nketiah scores highly with us but it’s not a similar rating across the board as several Arsenal stars disappointed as they risked going out of the League Cup prematurely.
Mohamed Elneny struggled in particular as he looked hesitant in the heart of a back three, and perhaps that also leads to Arsene Wenger receiving criticism for playing him there.
Few fared much better though in truth even though the Gunners put out a strong side, and so Wenger will be thankful for Nketiah’s heroics, as it had looked as though their cup run was going to come to a disappointing end.
Francis Coquelin was poor in midfield, Jack Wilshere couldn’t produce another impressive display after being so positive in recent Europa League outings while attacking duo Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi didn’t do enough.
However, that will matter little now as Arsenal will be in the draw for the last eight, and they still have hopes of winning silverware this season.
Arsenal player ratings: Macey 8; Debuchy 6, Elneny 5, Holding 6; Nelson 6, Coquelin 5, Wilshere 5, Maitland-Niles 6; Walcott 5, Iwobi 5, Giroud 6.
Substitutes: Akpom 6, Nketiah 8, Da Silva N/A, Willock N/A.