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EFL Cup, Arsenal vs Leeds United: Eddie Nketiah almost misses in front of an open goal after brilliant first touch. Look

EFL Cup: Eddie Nketiah scored a goal against Leeds United.© AFP

Since making his senior team debut in 2017, Eddie Nketiah has found it difficult to break into Arsenal’s first team due to the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. The 22-year-old has not appeared for Arsenal in the Premier League this season and has just made his second appearance in this campaign, starting on Tuesday in the EFL Cup victory over Leeds United. Mikel Arteta’s team scored a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium and the young striker took advantage of his opportunity and scored in the 69th minute.

With Arsenal leading after a Calum Chambers goal in the 55th minute, Nketiah took advantage of a poor pass by Liam Cooper, who kicked poorly back to goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

His first touch was simply brilliant as he took the ball past Meslier, followed by another effortless touch. His last attempt was a weak one as he seemed to have kicked his shot wrong.

Arteta had his hands on his forehead as Nketiah seemed to have his lines fluffy. Arsenal fans must have gone through similar emotions at the time as well.

But, to the great relief of Arsenal, the wrong shot rolled into the back of the net.

Here is the video of the goal:

It was also the youngster’s second goal this season, after scoring against AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup’s third round.


Arteta went on to have a weaker XI against Leeds with Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale on the bench.

Arsenal take on Leicester City on Sunday in their upcoming Premier League match and will aim for a win. After a poor start to the season, the Gunners are currently 10th on the Premier League table with four wins, two draws and three defeats (14 points).

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