Eddie Nketiah, remember the name.
Arsenal were down and out against Norwich city last night in the 4th round of Carabao cup.
The visitors took the first half lead and were defending it really well.
Just 5 minutes from normal time, as it seemed pretty obvious that Arsene Wenger men will have to taste another bitter defeat, a very unlikely hero arrived.
Eddie Nketiah! Yes, you heard it right. Eddie Arrived in the 85th minute and did what Nicklas Bendtner once did for Arsenal.
Nketiah scored with his first touch and got Arsenal back on level terms.
WHAT AN IMPACT! pic.twitter.com/igJQwdcKmI
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 24, 2017
When Nketiah arrived all the Norwich fans chanted ‘Who?’ and the Eddie Nketiah told them exactly who he was.
⏱ 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 (@Arsenal) October 24, 2017
HERE ARE HIS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GAME:
A brace on your debut in front of 60,000 fans – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Wenger was full of praise for the young forward in his post-match press conference, saying: “I felt I was happy for him and the team.
“I know that he can score goals and that he has character. He is not afraid. He can give and go, and once a player has that in his game, they have a chance.
“He has the flair to score, you have to be in the box and he has that. It’s not a quality you can teach at that age.
“I liked as well the header he scored. He’s not tall, but he got very high. It shows his determination, and shows the guys who want it.”
This youngster looks like the real deal and that makes his journey to Arsenal colors look even more incredible.
Chris Wheatley revealed that Netiah was released by Chelsea from their Under-14 side due to the fear of his ‘physical presence’.
Nketiah failed to earn a scholarship with Chelsea due to doubts over his physical presence at the time. How to prove the doubters wrong. pic.twitter.com/uIVlQOOXMB
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) October 24, 2017
Asked about Nketiah not making it at Chelsea, Wenger said: “I don’t know why Chelsea decided to let him go. You see that more and more these days, young people going from one club to another.”
Upon being released, Nketiah was snapped up by Arsenal and he’s since progressed through the ranks to become an England U19 international.
This incident got all the Arsenal fans thanking Chelsea all over the internet, of course, Sarcastically.
The trolling started all over the internet and also taking over twitter un surprisingly.
Thank you, Chelsea FC for releasing Eddie Nketiah!
— Tom Sevens (@RVAgooner) October 24, 2017
Thank you Chelsea for Eddie Nketiah!!
— Wolf of Freetown🇸🇱 (@Sengbe_Pieh) October 24, 2017
— Mark Life ⭐️⭐️ (@1968bonner) October 24, 2017
Oh my.. Eddie nketiah!!! Thank u Chelsea #AFCvNOR
— SwedeCazorla (@SwedeCazorla) October 24, 2017
Arsenal v Brighton: preview, team news, possible XI, prediction & more
Match Preview: Arsenal hope to bounce back against Brighton after Palace
Arsenal will be hosting Brighton at home this Saturday as they look to get back on track after Monday’s loss. Brighton themselves are desperately in search of a win, after consecutive losses and their last result being a draw.
The Gunners had to face a setback against the Eagles and had to see Spurs climb above them in tables over the weekend. Still, Arteta’s men hold a game in hand over Conte’s team and are tied on points.
After a couple of key injuries to Partey and Tierney, it’ll be a test for Arteta to find solutions. The coach, however, is full of optimism.
“We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans,” he said via Arsenal.
Kieran Tierney will be out for this game and his injury might keep him out for the rest of the season. Arteta confirmed the left-back had surgery but didn’t confirm any timeline for his return.
“He just had surgery yesterday, so it’s very early to understand how everything is going to develop, he’s going to be out for the period that we estimate and in which condition he will be after that period I think it’s too soon to say something else.”
Arteta speaking now – He says it's unclear if Partey will play again this season:
"He has a significant injury, he will be out for some weeks. It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away."
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 8, 2022
Another player that will miss the game is Thomas Partey, who is struggling with a thigh injury. “It’s a little bit ambiguous but he has a significant injury. We will have to keep assessing him but he will be out for some weeks,” he said.
Further elaborating, “It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away and he’s not fit.”
Possible Arsenal Starting XI
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Nuno; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Arsenal 2 – 1 Brighton
We fully expect Arteta’s men to get back to winning ways after that setback on Monday night. Brighton, while they shouldn’t be taken lightly, are winless in their last seven games.
What Arteta said about Tavares, players leaving in January and MORE!
Check out everything Mikel Arteta had to say about Nuno Tavares, if he regrets players leaving in January
It is safe to say that Nuno Tavares, just like the team and Arteta, did not have a great performance on Monday. However, it is those defeats that test the mentality and separate the best from the average.
Arteta talked about how to give the youngster confidence and why he decided to take him off. “Always I speak with the players and I spoke with Nuno because I care about how feel. We are here to help them and make their careers better.”
Regardless, he understood it wasn’t a decision that was great for the Tavares but one he understood.
Arteta on Tavares:
"Obviously I spoke with Nuno because I care a lot how they [players] feel. We're there to make their careers better. That was a decision that hurt him obviously, but he understands it was for the benefit of the team. He now needs to react on that situation."
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 8, 2022
“That was a decision that hurt him, obviously, but he understands that it was for the benefit of the team and he respects that.” via Arsenal’s official website.
When asked how he intends on getting the best out of Tavares, he said:
“His confidence probably wasn’t the best because he wasn’t playing a lot of minutes as well and probably wasn’t at his best and he needs the rhythm, the competition and the understanding with his teammates.”
Quite evidently, there is a deep mutual respect and understanding between the players and Arteta. The mutual respect between players and coach goes a long way as defeats shape character in tough patches of form.
Arteta does not have regrets over letting players leave
The Gaffer was asked whether letting players leave in January was the right decision. He reaffirmed and asked back if he should justifying those decisions again and again.
“I don’t know if we have to justify it, we have to make a decision based on what we see every day, ” he said.
Arteta on if he regrets letting Auba and Balogun go:
I haven’t heard that question in the last six weeks. The timing when you ask those questions is always after a defeat so I don’t like to comment on that. https://t.co/7yeQTz0xoz
— Kaya Kaynak (@kayakaynak97) April 8, 2022
The former Everton man continued, “How the players can contribute in the role that they have at the club, or if they cannot do it or they don’t want to do it, we find solutions and that’s what we always try to do.”
Arteta on Palace defeat, Brighton game, fight for top 4 and more
Check out everything Arteta had to say about Arsenal’s game against Brighton and more
Arteta and Arsenal were faced with an unexpected setback with a humiliating defeat at Selhurst park. The Gunners looked done and out of the game from the kick off whistle.
When asked how the defeat impacted the squad, Arteta had a bit to say. “Embrace the challenge. You lost, now you want to win, it’s hurting and it’s still hurting. We lost two big players, two really important players for us for sure.” Via Arsenal.
While his tone suggested he blamed injuries, he accepted responsibility and to accept the result.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 8, 2022
“But whenever that happens you can’t cry for it because they are not going to be available for us. So we have to find other solutions and we have to be as good and as competitive as we have been.”
Arteta was also asked about what were his expectations for the match against Brighton. The Spaniard said the usual things one says before a game about his opponent.
Mikel Arteta went on to say that the issues we faced against Crystal Palace must be addressed against Brighton.
— AK – 24/7 Arsenal News (@akarsenalnews) April 8, 2022
“They’re a team with a lot of personality, a coach that is very willing to play, that is very aggressive in the way they press, that wants to dominate the game and they have good players to do that but they are very difficult to beat.”
Besides just complimenting Brighton, he commented on their set piece intelligence and defense.
Arteta when asked about top four
The coach was also asked about if the belief of finishing top four is still there. His comments implicated he wants the squad to move on from the defeat and focus on the task ahead.
“[The setback] has happened and it’s happened with nine games to go and we have to react now.
We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans.”