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Eddie Nketiah's highlights vs Norwich suggests he's going to be a star for Arsenal

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Be honest, how many of you had heard of Eddie Nketiah before last night?

Arsenal fans may well have been aware of the 18-year-old in their youth ranks but non-Gooners probably hadn’t heard of him.

But Nketiah made sure every football fan in England is well aware of him after his cameo performance for Arsenal against Norwich in the Carabao Cup.

Arsene Wenger’s side looked as though they were crashing out against the Championship side as they trailed 1-0 with just five minutes remaining.

But Nketiah came on in the 85th minutes and, seconds later, had equalised.

But the youngster wasn’t finished there.

After forcing the match into extra-time, Nketiah then grabbed his second goal in the 96th minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 lead. It was a lead that they held onto for the remainder of extra-time as they progressed to the next round of the cup.

What a night for the youngster.

Arsenal v Norwich City - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

While it’s far too early to make comparisons, Nketiah’s debut is remarkably similar to the impact Marcus Rashford made on his Manchester United debut. Rashford made his first senior appearance in a cup competition - the Europa League - and made a name for himself by scoring twice.

If Nketiah can follow in Rashford’s footsteps, then Arsenal have a very good player on their hands.

But it wasn’t just his brace that was impressive.

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Nketiah brought energy and pace to a lacklustre Arsenal performance and looked comfortable in possession.

And a look at his individual highlights against Norwich show that he could a star in the future.

Watch: Nketiah's individual highlights

Just take a look:

Wenger on Nketiah

And after the match, Wenger was full of praise for Arsenal’s new hero.

"I felt I was happy for him and the team. We lacked ideas and clear-cut chances," Wenger said.

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"I was impressed by Norwich in defence. I know that he can score goals and that he has character. He is not afraid. He can give and go, and once a player has that in his game, they have a chance.

"He has the flair to score, you have to be in the box and he has that. It’s not a quality you can teach at that age. I liked as well the header he scored. He’s not tall, but he got very high. It shows his determination, and shows the guys who want it."

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