Arsenal seemingly did not want to make it through their Carabao Cup tie against Norwich on Tuesday night. For much of the game, Arsenal struggled to break down the Canaries. The Championship side also enjoyed some good spells during the 90 minutes.
With the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere failing to make the breakthrough it fell to 18-year-old substitute Eddie Nketiah to be the hero. The striker making his home debut rescued the north London side with an equaliser five minutes from time.
There was still time left on the clock for the youngster to head home his second in extra-time. It was a dream home debut for the youngster.
Youngster would not have had a chance without rotation
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has used the League Cup as an opportunity to rotate his squad. The competition has never really been the north London clubs priority, so it is understandable that the veteran French boss would give minutes to fringe players in the competition.
Wenger omitted the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez from the squad for the clash. The trio had impressed on Sunday in their first start together in the 5-2 hammering of Everton.
Young Nketiah got the chance because of Wenger rotating his squad. It is fair to say he took the chance with both hands. Some youngsters have failed to impress when given the chance in the League Cup and looked out of their depth in recent years.
However, the 18-year-old made a big impact, despite only coming on in the dying embers of the game. It seems unlikely the striker will play in the Premier League anytime soon, but he certainly did his reputation no harm with the brace.
Arsenal could win the competition
This season a number of the Premier League’s big boys have made it to the last eight of the competition. Manchester City and Manchester United are into the quarter-finals, while Tottenham and Chelsea play tonight in the fourth round.
Arsenal are currently odds of 6/1 to win the League Cup this season, which makes them fourth favourites to lift the trophy. With so many teams fielding weakened teams in the much-maligned competition, the Gunners have a chance to win it outright.
I know the League Cup is not the Gunners priority this season. However, can Arsenal really afford to turn their nose up at potentially winning a trophy?