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Teenager Nketiah saves Arsenal from Norwich upset

Edward Nketiah

Teenager Edward Nketiah edged Arsenal past Championship side Norwich City in extra-time to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Substitute Nketiah, 18, scored twice after Norwich had taken the lead when James Maddison's pass released Josh Murphy, who dinked a shot past Gunners debutant goalkeeper Matt Macey.

The Canaries, sixth in the second tier, had chances to make it 2-0, but Macey pushed away Nelson Oliveira's curled effort with Murphy and Mario Vrancic also missing chances.

Those misses proved crucial as Nketiah grabbed a late equaliser from close range only 15 seconds after coming on to leave it level after 90 minutes.

The England Under-19 international then headed in from Mohamed Elneny's corner for the winner.

Arsenal, who made 11 changes to the team that won 5-2 at Everton on Sunday, have never won this competition in the 21 years that manager Arsene Wenger has been at the club.

Their hopes of doing so for the first time were kept alive by a player that had not been born when Wenger became Gunners boss.

Although the Arsenal team was completely different to the side that won at Goodison Park, they still fielded internationals Mathieu Debuchy, Elneny, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

However, Wenger's selection looked to have backfired as Norwich went ahead and then had chances to extend that advantage further.

Norwich goal

The Canaries, hoping to reach the last eight of the competition for only the second time in 22 seasons, were also unhappy that Elneny was only booked when he fouled Oliveira as he was through on goal.

But Nketiah, who had replaced Reiss Nelson seconds before, grabbed an 85th-minute equaliser after a corner from the left was flicked on by Francis Coquelin.

The second goal for the hosts came in the 96th minute through a powerful Nketiah header from Elneny's fine delivery.

Nketiah had a chance for a hat-trick, but Angus Gunn produced a fine save.

Even though Canaries wanted a late penalty after Debuchy clashed with James Husband, Arsenal held on.

The draw for the quarter-finals will take place at 16:00 BST on Wednesday, 25 October.

Who is Edward Nketiah?

Edward Nketiah

These were Nketiah's first goals for the club in only his second appearance. His first was as an 89th-minute substitute in the 4-2 away Europa League win over Belarusian side BATE Borisov on 28 September.

The Londoner began his career on Chelsea's books but was released at under-14 level in 2015 and joined the Gunners later that year.

The forward has also represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 level and his pace, direct running and heading ability caused a tiring Norwich defence problems at Emirates Stadium.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 54Macey
  • 2Debuchy
  • 35El NenyBooked at 56mins
  • 16Holding
  • 61NelsonSubstituted forNketiahat 85'minutes
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 68mins
  • 10WilshereBooked at 78minsSubstituted forWillockat 114'minutes
  • 30Maitland-NilesSubstituted forAkpomat 70'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 14Walcott
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forDa Silvaat 105'minutes
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 32Akpom
  • 43Da Silva
  • 50Iliev
  • 62Nketiah
  • 63Osei-Tutu
  • 65Sheaf
  • 69Willock

Norwich

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Pinto
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 15Klose
  • 3HusbandBooked at 90mins
  • 19TrybullBooked at 89mins
  • 4ReedSubstituted forJeromeat 101'minutes
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forWildschutat 90+2'minutes
  • 23MaddisonSubstituted forHoolahanat 90+2'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forStiepermannat 73'minutes
  • 9Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 5Martin
  • 10Jerome
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 17Wildschut
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 28Franke
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
58,444

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home26
Away13
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 2, Norwich City 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Arsenal 2, Norwich City 1.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Joe Willock (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Joe Willock replaces Jack Wilshere.

Attempt missed. Yanic Wildschut (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Theo Walcott.

Attempt saved. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City).

Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Second Half Extra Time begins Arsenal 2, Norwich City 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Arsenal 2, Norwich City 1.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Josh Da Silva replaces Alex Iwobi because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Harrison Reed.

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Norwich City 1. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Mohamed El Neny following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Angus Gunn.

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. James Husband (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

First Half Extra Time begins Arsenal 1, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Norwich City 1.

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces James Maddison.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Yanic Wildschut replaces Mario Vrancic.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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