We may have taken the scenic route but we’ve made it to the next round of the Carabao Cup. Last night’s encounter with Norwich City was a tough ask for the majority but thanks to youngster Eddie Nketiah, we had a happier Tuesday night than expected. Here’s how the guy’s played:
Matt Macey – 7.3
Although he conceded the first goal of the game, Macey proved to be very worthy of his place in between the sticks as he made crucial saves to keep us in the game before the comeback was on.
Mathieu Debuchy – 6.7
In his second first team start of the season, Debuchy had a pretty solid outing for the most part as he seemed composed in the tackle, however, he did cause a scare late on when a stray arm from him gave Norwich a penalty shout which was denied as well as keeping Murphy onside for his goal.
Mohamed Elneny – 6.4
Playing at centre back again Elneny didn’t offer too much in defence, looked to try his best to try and unlock his opposition in possession but just didn’t have too much of an impact on the game.
Rob Holding – 6.5
Again, not the worst of nights from Rob Holding, but things could’ve been much better if he buried his first half header to level things up.
Reiss Nelson – 7.0
Continuing to play at right wing back, Nelson had encouraging moments as he looked to invent chances but overall had a bit of a quitter night than usual.
Francis Coquelin – 6.8
It was a mixed night for Coquelin. Firstly he gave away the ball in the lead up towards Norwich’s opener but redeemed himself late on by getting a flick on at a corner for Eddie Nketiah’s instant goal.
Jack Wilshere – 7.4
Like Nelson, Wilshere had a quieter performance than usual but still showed his signature traits in evading challenges and an eye for a pass as he created chances throughout the game.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 7.0
Playing at left wing back again Maitland-Niles had a solid game as he managed himself well on his weaker foot and even managed to drive into the Norwich box a few times.
Theo Walcott – 6.0
Captaining the side, Walcott didn’t have the best of games. A shadow for much of the game, Walcott snatched at the few chances he was given.
Alex Iwobi – 7.2
For the most part, Iwobi’s performance was impressive as he moved the ball quickly and efficiently in midfield but he just lacked the finishing touch when it came to shooting at goal.
Olivier Giroud – 6.6
Off the back of winning FIFA’s goal of the year award last night, Giroud wasn’t in quite the same form last night. For most of the game he didn’t offer too much but later on he began to link play better with his teammates.
Chuba Akpom – 6.8
Coming on in the second half Akpom made his presence known as he looked to trouble the Norwich defence coming off the left and almost gave us the lead late on but unfortunately wasn’t as clinical as his fellow strike partner.
Eddie Nketiah – 10.00
I believe this is the first 10 I’ve given since I started this and I promise it’s not an exaggeration. The youngster backed up his massive reputation of being a goal scorer in the age groups within seconds of coming on with a typical striker’s goal. He then went on to win the match with a bullet header and walk off the pitch to chants of “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!” What a night for the 18 year old.
Josh Da Silva – 6.7
Coming on late on it was hard for Da Silva to make a massive impact but he managed to get himself in advanced positions quite quickly which was a good sign.