Carabao Cup: 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah scores twice to send Gunners through


Nketiah scored 15 seconds after coming on as a substitute
Nketiah scored 15 seconds after coming on as a substitute

Teenager Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to rescue Arsenal by scoring twice in a 2-1 extra-time victory over Norwich in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

The 18-year-old levelled (85) for Arsenal 15 seconds after being introduced before going on to head in a 96th-minute winner on his home debut at the Emirates.

Nketiah’s heroics came after Josh Murphy’s delightful dink (34) had Norwich’s 8,800 travelling fans dreaming of a cup upset.

However, it was not to be for a valiant Norwich side – who had chances to put the game beyond Arsenal – as the London-born Nketiah announced himself to the football world.

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Angus Gunn prevented Arsenal from breaking the deadlock 20 minutes in. The Norwich ‘keeper produced a stunning reaction save from Rob Holding’s header five yards out.

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The visitors then took the lead when Maddison threaded through a delightful ball for Murphy, who lifted the ball over debutant Matt Macey.

With the wind in their sails, Norwich almost extended their lead, but Macey tipped away Nelson Oliveira’s low effort which looked destined for the bottom corner.

After the break, Muphy should have extended Norwich’s advantage, but he could only loop the ball over Macey who found himself in no man’s land.

Moments later, Mario Vrancic was in behind the Arsenal defence, but after cutting back onto this left foot, he could only fire wide from 10 yards out.

Nketiah’s introduction then came in the 85th minute, and it paid off within 15 seconds as the youngster rushed into the box for an Arsenal corner. The striker found himself in the perfect place to latch onto Francis Coquelin’s flick-on and send the tie to extra-time.

The 18-year-old then ensured it would be his name in the headlines, rising highest to meet a corner in the 96th minute.

Nketiah almost capped a memorable night with a hat-trick, but was denied by Gunn before firing another effort just wide of the far post.

Norwich had a late penalty shout, but referee Andy Madley waved away claims after James Husband went down under pressure from Mathieu Debuchy.