So, yesterday’s game proved to be one of those difficult League Cup games, but unlike previous campaigns, we managed to see ourselves through to the next round thanks to one man.
The majority of the game was pretty slow, especially after we conceded in the first half but there were a few players who kept things ticking over until our man of the match came on and completely flipped the game on its head.
First in the shortlist for man of the match is Jack Wilshere. Following up his cameo against Everton, Wilshere couldn’t quite get a helping hand with a goal but still put in a performance which outshone his teammates’.
He showed great feet in midfield as he managed to skip past challenges and keeping the ball moving but just couldn’t fully open up the Norwich defence. He almost got himself on the scoresheet very late on after a good move found him deep in the box but unfortunately Norwich goalkeeper, Angus Gunn was able to match the shot.
From one shot stopper to the next, we have another contender for man of the match. Making his Arsenal debut in goal, Matt Macey proved to be one of our match winners. The 23 year old looked helpless when Josh Murphy was baring down on goal but he did well to keep his head up after that even if he did show his inexperience at times.
Despite us having most of the ball Norwich were still able to fashion some chances for themselves and thanks to Macey the score was kept to 1-0 until a certain someone was introduced to The Emirates as a first team player for the first time.
That certain someone was the one and only Eddie Nketiah, or as his new Wikipedia bio reads “Edward Keddar Pele Maradona Ronaldinho Kaka Nketiah” Highly renowned in the age groups for his strike rate over the past few seasons and he completely back up that reputation last night.
In fact, it only took him 15 seconds before he notched his first senior goal having come on for a corner and knocking home a real striker’s goal to bring us right back into the game. On the other side of full time, so yes extra time, it was only a matter of minutes before Eddie shut the stadium down another time.
Another corner was swung in but this time the 18 year old, who Chelsea let go because of his lack of physicality, towered over his marker and buried a bullet header to put us ahead for the first time on the night and complete a dream home debut.
Other than his goals, our man of the match, despite this being his being his first senior game at The Emirates showed great confidence and composure when he had the ball at his feet. He didn’t rush anything going forward but also knew when to burst forward and almost got himself another goal for his efforts.
A great cameo from a possible future great goal scorer.