ARSENAL’S SHINING LIGHT : EDDIE NKETIAH
Eddie Keddar Nketiah is a wide forward who shot into prominence after Arsenals Carabao cup tie against Norwich City after coming on in the 85th minute at a point when Arsenal had their backs against the wall after going a goal down to Norwich. Nketiah scored with his first touch in the game and secured the winner with a header in the 96th minute.
The 18- year old forward is an extremely exciting prospect and appears to have a good chance of becoming a star among the arsenal young stars that have come through the ranks over the last decade.
Here we take a look at the story behind his career and his attributes leading to this fantastic night for him at the emirates.
Nketiah started is career with Chelsea at age 9 but was released in 2015 at the under-14 level cause he was “too small” according to Chelsea. He later moved to the Gunners academy in 2015 and has played for the Arsenal under-23 and under-18. He scored 15 goals in 16 appearances for the under-18s and 12 goals in 26 appearances for the under-23s during the 2016/2017 season. He has also bagged international caps for England at the U18 and U19 levels scoring 7 goals in 4 appearances, which includes a hat-trick against the Qatar U19 side as England won 4–0. Nketiah has proven to be a prolific goal scorer and pacey forward who can stretch opposition defenses open and create chances.
Arsène Wenger has already shown faith in the youngster after including him in the senior side’s pre-season trip to Australia and China. Nketiah has also appeared in the gunners Europa League match against BATE Borisov which he came on as a substitute for Joe Willock as the gunners won 4–2.
Can Nketiah the new name on the lips of the Gunner fans replicate this performance and become the new star at the Emirates ?