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Hector Bellerin reveals what Eddie Nketiah did after scoring twice v Norwich

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Edward Nketiah had one job against Norwich City on Tuesday and took mere seconds to deliver.

With Arsenal trailing at home to Championship opposition in the Carabao Cup, Arsene Wenger rolled the dice and introduced the 18-year-old. Remarkably, he found the net with his first touch of the game with just five minutes left on the clock.

A fairytale second strike then emerged in extra time with his brace proving the difference in all together sheepish victory for Arsenal.

One thing is for certain, though - regardless of what direction Nketiah's career takes- he will never forget that league cup clash with Norwich.

The Englishman rose from Arsenal squad trivia to the proclaimed north London answer to Marcus Rashford over night - jovially declared as 'the greatest player of all time' on his edited Wikipedia page.

The effect of fame on young players in English football remains a topic of great debate, however. The likes of Rashford and Harry Kane must be seen as fine examples with their grounded nature off the pitch helping to produce glittering form on it.

And Hector Bellerin has some sound advice for his teammate who has been thrusted so jarringly into the spotlight.

The fellow Arsenal academy graduate told the club's official website: "[That sudden rush of attention] is quite hard to deal with.

Arsenal U19 v Borussia Dortmund U19 - UEFA Youth League

“The best way to do it is to think that this is just the start. Some people think that it is the end but it is the other way around: it is just the start of your professional career and you have to handle it properly and realise that it is not always like that.

“There will be ups and downs. It is important that you keep humble, keep working hard and see it as the first step on a long journey.”

Bellerin also revealed what spawned the thought in the first place and it was all in Nketiah's dressing room behaviour after the match.

"I went down to the dressing room and he was on his phone and he must have got messages from friends and on social media. It must be quite hard in the first moments to [deal with that]," he explained.

Arsenal v Norwich City - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

The modern-day player is no stranger to social media but Nketiah's Norwich performance will have seen a turnover in exposure that's hard to imagine. His inbox will have been full to the brim and his post-match tweet skyrocketed to 42,000 likes.

If he can follow Bellerin's example as well as his advice, however, there shouldn't be too many issues.

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Hector Bellerin
Arsene Wenger
Football
League Cup
Alexis Sanchez
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