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Young striker helps Arsenal into Carabao Cup quarter-finals

Posted on October 24, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal had young substitute Eddie Nketiah to thank for progression past Norwich in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, as the youngster scored twice to seal a 2-1 extra-time win for the Gunners.

The first attempt on goal arrived on six minutes, as Olivier Giroud looped a header straight into the hands of Gunn’s arms. Arsenal started to assert themselves on the game and on the 15th minute the Gunners had an effort on goal, as Alex Iwobi fired over the bar from 25 yards out.

Norwich came forward four minutes later and Vrancic fired a low effort just wide of goal, despite having the support of Oliveira and Maddison. The home side hit back almost straight away.

Mohamed Elneny hit a long-range effort that deflected out for a corner kick. The resulting corner kick from Theo Walcott found Rob Holding, who saw an effort from just a few yards out saved brilliantly by Gunn.

Olivier Giroud saw a penalty appeal turned down shortly afterwards after going down in the Canaries penalty area and waved his arms around.

The visitors took the lead on 34 minutes. Maddison played a brilliant ball through a massive gaping hole in the Arsenal defence to Josh Murphy, who advanced on goal and chipped the ball over the outcoming Matt Macey.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, the Canaries came close to doubling their lead. Murphy found Oliveira who cut in and fired an effort towards the bottom corner of the net, which Macey saved at full stretch.

The home side went up the other end and had a chance of their own. Walcott fired a low shot towards goal, but Gunn produced a good save.

The Gunners had the first attempt of the second half, as Iwobi attempted an effort with the outside of his foot, but got it completely wrong and the effort threatened to trouble the corner flag more than Gunn’s goal.

Arsenal kept coming forward and Giroud headed over from a Jack Wilshere cross. The home side saw a second penalty appeal of the night turned down, as Wilshere claimed a Norwich hand blocked his effort on goal. However, the officials waved away the appeals.

The visitors started to get on top of the game. Just before the hour mark, Macey produced a good save from Murphy, while Arsenal goalkeeper also flicked the ball away with Oliveira waiting to find the net from a low Murphy cross.

On the hour mark, Gunners threatened at the other end, as Klose blocked an Iwobi effort with his head, despite the defender knowing very little about what happened.

With twenty minutes left on the clock, Norwich’s Oliveira fired well over, as the visitors looked to seal progress to the fifth round of the competition. Three minutes later and the Canaries had another chance to seal victory.

Vrancic flicked the ball over the Arsenal defence saw Macey come off his line and Murphy loop an effort off target. The visitors just kept coming forward and on 75 minutes, as Vrancic fired wide of Macey’s goal after beating two Arsenal defenders by cutting inside onto his left foot.

Arsenal struggled to get it together in attack, especially Giroud and Wilshere who did not seem to be on the same wavelength. With ten minutes off time left Walcott failed to get a header on target, which summed-up Arsenal’s night in attack.

The Gunners did equalise with just five minutes remaining and it was a big moment for youngster Eddie Nketiah, who scored just seconds after coming off the bench. The 18-year-old striker scored the simplest of goals after the ball was flicked into the box.

The home side looked set to win the game in the last minute, but Gunn produced a superb stop from a flicked effort from Wilshere. There was still also time for substitute Chuba Akpom to scuff an effort wide of goal. The effort proved to be the last of normal time, as the tie went into extra time.

The Canaries had the first effort of the second period, as Trybull saw an effort blocked. On 96 minutes, Nketiah doubled his tally on the night to put the Gunners ahead. Gunn produced a superb save from Walcott.

However, from the corner kick young Nketiah rose the highest to head past Gunn and to make it a night to remember for the youngster. Arsenal started to dominate and Gunn was in action again soon afterwards keeping out a first time effort from Giroud.

The Gunners also had the first shot of the second period of extra-time, as Elneny’s tame shot went straight into the hands of Gunn.

Nketiah came so close to making his excellent night even better on 112 minutes. The young forward knocked the ball through the Canaries defence and got on the end of his own pass, before taking a few touches and seeing his low effort kept out by the superb Gunn.

At the other end of the pitch, Norwich saw a penalty appeal turned down, as Husband went down under a challenge from Mathieu Debuchy. Referee Bobby Madley waved play on, though.

Nketiah was at it again in the last minute of extra-time, as he curled an effort just inches wide of goal. It would have been the perfect way to finish the game. However, the youngster’s brace was enough to take the Gunners through to the quarter-finals of the competition. What a night for young forward.

Do we even need to ask Arsenal star man was against Norwich?

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