Arsenal fans have a new name to cheer after teenage striker Edward Nketiah rescued Arsene Wenger’s side from a potentially embarrassing defeat at the hands of Championship side Norwich in the Carabao Cup.
The Gunners were staring defeat in the face before the teenager came off the bench to equalise with five minutes left before netting an extra time winner.
In doing so Nketiah not only saved Arsenal’s blushes, but he also became the first player born after Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager to score for the club.
1 – Eddie Nketiah (born 30/05/99) is the first player born after Arsene Wenger was appointed @Arsenal manager to score for the club. Youth.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 24, 2017
Bet that makes Arsene feel old!
But who exactly is Edward Nketiah? FOX Sports Asia delves deep into his past to find out more.
Arsenal signed Nketiah in the summer of 2015 after he was released by Chelsea. He had been on books of the Gunners’ London rivals since he was nine-years old. He was invited to train at Arsenal and accepted a scholarship just a few days later.
Nketiah is quick, skilful and hardworking. Qualities that have earned him the praise of Arsene Wenger, who once said of him: “I like the quality of Eddie’s movement, the quality of the areas he gets into, his strength, his determination to finish things off and his work rate as well.”
— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah) October 24, 2017
He was Arsenal’s U-18’s top scorer with 24 goals in 28 games in the 2015/16 season and scored another 20 goals last season as part of the club’s reserve set up.
Nketiah took part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour this summer and made his debut in last month’s 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League.