Eddie Nketiah’s fairytale arrival for Arsenal crushes Norwich hope of upset

As cameos go, making your bow at your home stadium by scoring inside 15 seconds and then adding an extra-time matchwinner with a picturebook soaring header takes some beating. Eddie Nketiah earned instant cult status in north London after the teenager stole a show that had for a large part of the evening belonged to the ambitious visitors from Norwich. Come the final whistle, the only word on everybody’s lips was simply Eddie.

Arsène Wenger has for decades used English football’s secondary cup competition to give youngsters a taste of first-team experience. Not many have seized the moment quite like Nketiah. He became the first player born after Wenger became manager here to score a goal for the club, a statistic that only adds to the sense of surreal wonder the new kid conjured up.

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