A brace from teenager Eddie Nketiah fired Arsenal into the last eight of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, after the Gunners were pushed all the way by Championship side Norwich City.
Reverting to most of the side which has been lining out in the Europa League this season, Arsene Wenger was hoping to see the likes of Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere cruise past the Canaries and into the quarter-finals.
However, it was the visitors who were the better side for long periods of the game, with Josh Murphy opening the scoring on 34 minutes, via a deft dink over debutant ‘keeper Matt Macey.
The visitors had a number of chances to go further ahead, with Nelson Oliveira, Murphy again and Mario Vrancic all going close.
Those misses would ultimately come back to haunt the second-tier side, with sub Edward Nketiah prodding home from a corner on 85 minutes.
That goal was the first scored by an Arsenal player born after Arsene Wenger took charge of the club back in 1996.
1 – Eddie Nketiah (born 30/05/99) is the first player born after Arsene Wenger was appointed @Arsenal manager to score for the club. Youth.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 24, 2017
The hosts had chances to win the game late on. However, the game would see extra-time, with Nketiah’s home debut getting even better, courtesy of the winner on 96 minutes.
The goal again came from a corner, with the Lewisham-born teen heading home to win the game.
Nketiah would go close to completing a memorable hat-trick, only to be thwarted by ‘keeper Angus Gunn.
The Canaries then had a decent shout for a penalty, with Mathieu Debuchy getting away with a clumsy challenge on James Husband.
However, the Premier League side would hold on to book their place in the last eight.
Having been released by Chelsea at U14 level, Nketiah looks like a player who could make a genuine breakthrough with the Gunners sooner rather than later.
As for Daniel Farke and his Norwich side, they can be proud of their impressive display. Although, they’ll no doubt be frustrated after failing to take those chances when 1-0 up.