Eddie Nketiah, on as a substitute, scored a brace on his first competitive appearance at Emirates Stadium to give Arsenal a 2-1 win over Norwich City at Emirates Stadium tonight and send them through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal had started in disappointing fashion, with Norwich taking the lead in the first half through Josh Murphy, who got the better of debutant Matt Macey.
Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were again deployed as wing-backs but, although they showed some encouraging signs at times, the pair seemed vulnerable defensively and would surely be better suited playing elsewhere.
Chuba Akpom made his first senior appearance for Arsenal this season when he was brought on as a substitute and the attacker helped to provide his side with added momentum but it was Nketiah’s introduction that changed the game.
The forward, who has been so clinical at youth level in recent seasons, scored with a neat finish shortly introduction and then got what proved to be the winner with a header in extra time.
Josh Dasilva and Joe Willock entered the fray as substitutes, while there were first senior call-ups for Deyan Iliev and Jordi Osei-Tutu on the bench, who were joined by Ben Sheaf.
Macey, meanwhile, improved after a difficult start and became the first English goalkeeper to play for Arsenal in a competitive first-team game at Emirates Stadium.
The headlines, though, belong to Nketiah, who quickly endeared himself to the club’s supporters, with chants of “Eddie, Eddie” ringing around the ground.