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Arsenal goalscorer Eddie Nketiah has just made a lovely bit of history

Eddie Nketiah is the first player born after Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager to score for the Gunners

On 1 October 1996 Arsene Wenger was appointed Arsenal manager.

Remember what you were doing on that day?

Neither does Eddie Nketiah although, in fairness, he wasn’t even born yet.


History is made

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History is made

The 18-year-old forward equalised with his very first touch in Arsenal’s EFL Cup game against Norwich.

His 85th minute goal would have made Wenger feel very old.

Nketiah is the first player born after Wenger was appointed as Arsenal manager to score for the club.

The Lewisham-born striker then got his second goal of the game to put Arsenal ahead in extra-time.

Nketiah, who was born on 30 May 1999, scored 24 goals for Arsenal’s youth sides last season and has three goals in two England Under-19 appearances.

His first senior appearance came in the Europa League against BATE Barisov when he trotted out for the last minute.

Remember the name

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Despite making Wenger feel very old the Frenchman will owe Nketiah a big thank you after the youngster brightened up an abject Arsenal display.

Nketiah actually started out in Chelsea’s academy before crossing London and joining Arsenal in 2015 when he was released.

Chelsea’s loss is definitely Arsenal’s gain, unless he turns out to be the next Jeremie Aliadiere.