Who is Eddie Nketiah?

He is the 18-year-old that scored in fifteen seconds of coming on to save us from beating knocked out of the EFL Cup by Norwich last night. That’s right with five minutes to go of normal time, Arsene sent the young lad and he rewarded him with a tap in after one of ours corners was flicked on to take the game to extra-time.

The young lad had worked with our Premier League legend Thierry Henry once a couple of years back after joining us from Chelsea. Henry wasn’t renowned for tap in goals but having taken the game to extra-time initially, Nketiah then popped up again at another corner to head in the winner and give us a place in the quarter-finals. The draw for that will take place on Thursday afternoon at 4pm by the way.

Eddie Nketiah was born in Lewisham and got his break when he was picked up by Chelsea were he progressed in the academy, but was eventually released due to his lack of height and physicality. Thankfully, well we’ll see, he had a weeks trial with us. He impressed and was given a youth contract.

Anyway, well done to the lad. Our #AFCpredictions are continuing below too, but with us pretty much backing the team before each game we haven’t done too well recently. As usual as well, there will also be our couple of sentences to give you our honest opinion of the game. If you’d like to join us each week in doing your predictions then as always please do give us a shout by clicking here.

Sunday 1st October @ 12:00, Premier League (H) vs Brighton & Hove Albion – RESULT 2-0 WIN
Arsenal – Monreal (16′), Iwobi (56′)
Brighton & Hove Albion – 

Arsene celebrated 21 years in charge of our great club with an easy enough victory over Brighton & Hove, although the new boys did play some good football at times to be fair. Thankfully we scored in each half to give us all three points and our predictions before the game were: David : 2-0 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 Arsenal / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal / Vas : 2-0 Arsenal

Saturday 14th October @ 17:30, Premier League (A) vs Watford – RESULT 2-1 LOSS
Watford – Deeney (71′ pen), Cleverley (90’+2)
Arsenal – Mertesacker (39′)

No fight and no class on the park for us yesterday as we were out fought in nearly every department. Missing Alexis Sanchez and with Mesut Ozil on the bench we looked completely out of starts from start to finish. I thought we were going to get away with a draw but isn’t to be. No surprise Arsene had a moan about some decisions after. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-1 Arsenal / Jason : 3-1 Arsenal / Alex : 2-2 draw / Lewis : 2-1 Watford / Vas : 2-1 Arsenal

Thursday 19th October @ 18:00, Europa League (A) vs Crvena Zvezda – RESULT 1-0 WIN
Crvena Zvezda – Rodic (Sent off 80′)
Arsenal – Giroud (85′)

Five points clear of BATE Borisov at the top of the group now and looking good in this competition to qualify for the next round. It was a work like performance and we showed good character in what was a tricky place to play in Serbia. Once piece of outstanding from Olivier Giroud’s was the difference though with a spectacular overhead kick. Our predictions before the game were: David : 1-0 Arsenal / Jason : 1-1 draw / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal / Vas : 1-0 Arsenal

Sunday 22nd October @ 13:30, Premier League (A) vs Everton – RESULT 5-2 WIN
Everton – Rooney (12′), Gueye (Sent off 68′), Niasse (90’+3)
Arsenal – Monreal (40′), Ozil (53′), Lacazette (74′), Ramsey (90′), Sánchez (90’+5)

Rooney gave Everton the lead and all the talk was of that goal he scored against us all those years ago as a 16-year-old. It didn’t last too long, even without the sending off we’d have won as we simply created so many chances against a team that looked all over the place at times. If it was for their keeper Pickford it could have been more. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-1 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 draw / Alex : 4-1 Arsenal / Lewis : 3-1 Arsenal / Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Tuesday 24th October @ 19:45 EFL Cup 4th Round (H) Norwich City – RESULT 2-1 WIN AET
Arsenal – Nketiah (85′, 96′)
Norwich – Murphy (34′)

Who is Eddie Nketiah? Well we all know now but as mentioned at the top of the article, most of us have known he’s been banging in the goals for the academy the last couple of season. Great he was given the chance and even better that he took it with the equaliser to save the tie and then the to get the winner as well. Brilliant. Wenger said: ‘I don’t know what happened with Nketiah at Chelsea but he has scored goals with us.’ Our predictions before the game were: David : 3-0 Arsenal / Jason : 4-1 Arsenal / Alex : 3-1 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-0 Arsenal / Vas : 3-0 Arsenal

Saturday 28th October @ 15:00 Premier League (H) Swansea City – RESULT 2-1 WIN
Arsenal – Kolasinac (51′), Ramsey (58′)
Swansea City  –  Clucas (22′)

After all the bad publicity our club received in the past week with the goings on with our AGM is was good to get back to football on the pitch. Thankfully after going behind, we managed to get back into it and finally win the game thanks to Aaron Ramsey getting the winner. It was a nervy performance from the off and although Swansea weren’t great they still gave us a game. For me it was a game we had to win, of course we know that but thankfully I’m always glad to see a bad performance as long as win comes along. Our predictions before the game were: David : 2-0 Arsenal / Jason : 2-0 Arsenal / Alex : 2-0 Arsenal / Lewis : 2-1 Arsenal / Vas : 2-1 Arsenal


David Jenkins

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