Arsenal fans loved what Eddie Nketiah did to Joe Willock during his goal celebration

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Eddie Nketiah is the name on everybody's lips following his stunning home debut in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Arsene Wenger introduced the 18-year-old academy product in the 85th minute, with the Gunners trailing Norwich City 1-0.

The England U19 star equalised just 15 seconds after coming off the bench and went on to score the winner in extra time.

Wenger took a cheeky dig at rivals Chelsea in his post-match comments after the Blues allowed the young forward to join Arsenal in 2015.

“I brought him on because we needed to score goals and he can score goals. In the end we had eight strikers on the pitch,” Wenger said.

“I knew he had quality, but when the team need you and you deliver, that’s another quality you don’t know about until you go on to the pitch.

“I’m impressed to think that he was not even conceived when I was already here! But it’s good as well because life gives chances to young people. Hopefully he’ll have a long career at Arsenal.

“We’re proud to give chances to young players, it’s part of our DNA, and we want to continue to do that.


“I don’t know why exactly Chelsea let him go or if he decided to leave, but young players more and more nowadays travel from one club to another. We’re happy to have him.

“I can’t remember a young player having such an impact in a game like that. Until he came on we lacked ideas and creativity.”

Nketiah's hilarious goal celebration

Fellow Arsenal academy starlet Joe Willock, 18, was also on the bench at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers - Carabao Cup Third Round

The stylish midfielder who is the younger brother of Chris Willock made his full debut in the Europa League earlier this season and was brought on for the final six minutes of the 2-1 win over Norwich.

Willock was seen attempting to celebrate the dramatic 85th minute equaliser with his young teammate but Nketiah was simply not interested in sharing his moment in the limelight.

Full of adrenaline, Nketiah aggressively pushed Willock away and an Arsenal fan on Twitter picked up on it.

Fellow Arsenal academy teammate Reiss Nelson found it pretty funny too.

Remarkably, Nketiah became the first player born since Wenger started his reign as Arsenal boss in 1996 to score for the club.

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