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Two-goal Eddie reveals Gunners ‘dream’

Eddie Nketiah, teenage striker who scored twice against Norwich City, says he aims to emulate Arsenal legends Henry, Bergkamp and Wright

26 October, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Supersub Eddie Nketiah struck twice against Norwich. PICTURE: ARSENAL FC

ARSENAL fan Eddie Nketiah has revealed his “dream” is to follow in the footsteps of his heroes – Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.

The 18-year-old striker surely became one of the most searched names on Google on Tuesday night when he came off the bench to score twice against Norwich City and earn the Gunners a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

As if scoring the equaliser 15 seconds after coming on to make your debut wasn’t enough, Nketiah then headed home the winner in extra time to leave the Emirates crowd celebrated the birth of a new goalscoring hero with roars of “Eddie, Eddie”.

“I’m just thankful to the boss for giving me that opportunity to play and show what I can do,” the super sub told Arsenal Player after the game.

“It’s a dream come true for me to get on and score not just one, but two, goals to win us the game. That’s the most important thing and I’m just thankful for all the fans for the support they gave me, it’s great.

“I’m a childhood fan of the club, so for the fans to get behind me like that is a dream come true, I’m delighted and grateful.

“It’s overwhelming to hear them singing my name, but you have to remember you’re here to do a job, and try to stay focused on the game… but it’s a great feeling.

“I’ve always dreamt of this as a kid, hopefully, the fans can continue to support me and I can continue to get chances and impress them. Really, that’s what it’s about.”

Reflecting on life as a Gooner, Nketiah added: “I grew up watching Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright – they were all great strikers and attacking players.

“I watched them a lot, especially Thierry. When he was working with us at the club I used to work with him quite a bit on and off the field.

“So I’m just trying to emulate, even a little bit, what they could do – that would be a dream come true for me.”

Take a free tour of the Emirates

THERE’S fantastic news for Arsenal fans, with kids going free on all Self-Guided Audio Tours of the Emirates Stadium until Tuesday, October 31. Visitors can explore behind-the-scenes at the famous club using audio visual guide handsets. The offer is valid for one child accompanied by a full-paying adult. There’s no need to book online, just quote “kids go free” when buying tickets at the Stadium Tours desk (excludes Matchday and Legends Tours). For details visit: www.arsenal.com/tours

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