Edddddddiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeee – A new Arsenal hero is born

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What a moment the League Cup just delivered.

Eddie Nketiah – a player born in 1999, 3 years after Wenger took over – came on as an 85th-minute substitute and with his first touch snatched an equaliser that took Arsenal into extra time against a pretty decent Norwich side.

He completed the fairytale in the first half of extra time when he leapt like a football-focused salmon, nodding a corner across goal into the top corner.

His M’Bappe celebration was not lost on the home fans.

We have just unearthed the next M’Bappe. That much is clear.

What a moment.

What a player.

What a hero.

The 18-year-old has that moment forever seared in his memory, now all he has to do is buck the trend of League Cup child heroes, stay off the pizza and away from the knuckle dusters, then deliver us a golden career of Messi like proportions.

Is that too much to ask for?

I think not. I really think not.

The number 62 should be retired right now.

Is there much to say about the rest of the game? Not really.

Debuchy is actually a good player and he’s finally showing it.

Theo Walcott isn’t that great, but tell me something we didn’t know.

Alex Chamberlain doesn’t play for us anymore, but Eddie has the same amount of goals as him already. Our new star did more in 15minutes than the Liverpool man did in his whole career at Arsenal.

Matt Macey is really big. We like big keepers.

So all in all, a great win. Arsenal move into the next round. The cup treble is still very much on.

Short post today, because this is about Eddie, not you.

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  1. Danny S

    Depressing comments made by the kroenkes. What a sickening thought, generations of mediocrity are on the horizon. Wenger will be there until he dies, and even then I fear Kroenke will invest in some futurama type tech where his head can be kept animated in a jar so he can carry on for decades more.

  2. Dissenter

    Emirates,
    “Let’s face it Arsenal and Wenger are not the first or last club and manager who have spent a lot of money on teenagers who have turned out to be disappointments”
    Actually I never seen a situation where the club and manager kept the teenager till 30 years (that’s when Theo’s contract expires) and kept rewarding him with extravagant contracts.
    The daft reaction is absolving the manager of being part of the player’s on-the-field performances. Walcott has been at Arsenal for 12 years: Wenger’s philosophy is all he knows.
    Keep up the irrational Wenger defence.

  3. Pierre

    Arsenal v norwich…. 58,000…no season ticket holders..all paying customers

    Spurs v West ham… 34,000

    Thought Le grovellers might like to digest that as it won’t be widely reported in the media..
    Arsenal supposedly have their weakest team for years and crowd protesting against the club and style of football, transfer dealings, manager etc can get 58,000 for a league cup tie v a championship side and we put a reserve side out.
    Spurs who have their strongest team for years with a supposedly quality manager and put out a strong team in a London derby and only 34,000 can be arsed to turn up.

    Maybe there is a misconception on here regarding the popularity of the 2 clubs.

  4. HighburyLegend

    @Pierre the akb : marvellous, we’re still more popular than the Spuds!! It’s wonderful, everything is okay in Wengerland!!

  5. Cesc Appeal

    I don’t think anyone commented on the popularity of the two clubs. That is not in dispute at all, Arsenal are a far bigger club, right now.

    Very crude attempt to choose your battles there.

  6. Dissenter

    Pierre is luxuriating in the fact that Arsenal are a bigger club that Spuds.
    Had anyone ever argued otherwise in the history of mankind.
    I have never heard, seen or felt anyone argue that Spuds have more fans than Arsenal.

  7. Emiratesstroller

    Pierre

    The reality is that Arsenal’s second X1 is good enough to beat most teams playing in Europa and League Cups.

    The problem comes when our First X1 plays the other teams in top 5 of EPL. At the moment evidence suggests that we will struggle against them.

  8. Emiratesstroller

    Dissenter

    That is where I agree with you.

    Kroenke and Wenger attach too much value to sentimentality and that is certainly the case with Walcott.

  9. Pierre

    Legend, dissenter, CA

    Maybe you should stop counting the empty seats in the emirates and using it as proof that the club are in decline

    And actually the 2 clubs were on a pretty even basis in popularity and support up until a certain Mr Wenger came along and started winning trophies and playing a style of football that arsenal fans had previously only dreamt about.

  10. HighburyLegend

    “Ronald Koeman mad at Olivier Giroud – Koeman, fired by Everton, explains the bad start of the season by the refusal of Olivier Giroud to leave Arsenal.”

    lol ?

  11. Cesc Appeal

    Pierre

    You seem to be the one obsessed with empty seats most weeks.

    I’m not using empty seats to measure our decline, empty seats are a symptom of our decline, I’m more interested in the two causes of our decline which I measure by our performance on the field and off it.

    Next week on Pierre’s world, how Arsenal sell more refreshments than Spurs on match days and so cannot possibly be a worse team right now.

    Pierre: ‘Maybe you should stop using left over hot dog holders as a measure of our decline’.

  12. Pierre

    Emirates
    The reality also is that we get weighed down with the fixture congestion and injuries to key players.

    Though I agree that we have come up short in recent years against top clubs though I feel it is turning slightly.

    Chelsea are not our bogey side anymore, we have a very good record v city in the last few years and Wenger has at last beat jose though we are finding it difficult against the high press sides like spurs and Liverpool.

    City away will be tough but we may surprise a few people, surely they are due a bit of a dip in form.

  13. alexanderhenry

    The Arsenal AGM is today, so what can we expect?
    Nothing new if you read this which you won’t be able to unless you have a DT subscription.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/10/25/arsenal-owner-stan-kroenke-pledges-backing-manager-arsene-wenger/

    The upshot of the article is that kroenke and son remain totally committed to arsenal for ‘generations’ to come apparently. They will never sell up, they are happy with wenger and want to preserve the traditions and ‘values’ of the club. They are committed to keeping alexis and ozil at the club and the ‘catalyst for change ‘ apparently was employing Jens lehmann and some other guy.

    When asked about selling arsenal the kroenkes ruled that out- unequivocally. They said ‘its not our model’ and ‘look at our history ‘.

    Looking at kroenke’s history is about as encouraging as watching one of those charity infomercials about abused animals.

    Utterly depressing.

  14. Don

    Stroller

    I agree
    We need to improve our starting 11
    But I feel it needs to be more functional
    Wilshere and welbeck bring a dynamic that our first 11 don’t currently possess
    I know many will laugh but welbeck brings the best out of our other forwards while ma aging to chip in with goals and assists

  15. Cesc Appeal

    Alexander

    It is because it is impenetrable, Wenger and Kroenke have Arsenal locked down like a fortress.

    From inside they have built a stable of yes men in the infrastructure and the playing staff, no one is going to rock the boat because most people are not fit for the role they are in earning massive money.

    From outside, half the fan base are too sentimentally sedated to say anything in protest while Wenger is there and they have a massive global fan base and TV money has gone through the roof.

    Wenger and Kroenke may well ultimately go down as two of the worst things to happen to a football club.

  16. graham62

    Nothing surprising about Kroenke’s comments on ‘rabid fans’.

    He says he will not be selling up, so no surprise there either.

    We can all see he has little or no concept of what fans are all about. The one and only way to make him ‘quiver’ is if the fans boycott games/stop purchasing merchandise etc. Many are already doing this, but it will take alot more than a few empty seats at the Emirates to make Kroenke sit up and take notice..

    The AGM is irrelevant. The AST are non-effective and spineless, so you can forget that as a way of destabilizing matters.

    It’s up to the fans.

  17. GoonerDave

    The AST will surely organise a protest if things remain the same.
    A protest organised by the AST would be very well attended and also reported in the media. In terms of shares, powerless. But in terms of fan power, they can unite the fans to hound the profiteers out of our club. The fact that the AST are now demanding specific change is hugely significant.
    Either Kroenke sells or he is hounded out. Otherwise, prepare for more failure in the big competitions. Profiteering wigger out. And take your complicit board and management with you.

  18. graham62

    GoonerDave

    Do you really think the AST are capable of uniting the fans?

    I have my doubts. Far too PC in their makeup.

  19. Samesong

    Gazidis: Darling you seen my notes from last years AGM think I need to change the wording slightly for this year.

    Wife: Yes darling there in the kitchen drawer next to Arsene value notes.

  20. alexanderhenry

    graham

    I think the AST are capable of uniting the fans. That’s because they don’t have to do much persuading , if any.
    Most fans want the same thing and are in basic agreement. They just need galvanising and the AST can play that role….. if they’ve got the stomach for it.

  21. Emiratesstroller

    Don

    Welbeck is a hard working footballer and certainly worth a place in our squad.
    However, he needs to improve his ball control and finishing before he becomes a shoe in regular in starting lineup.

    graham62

    If Kroenke and his son are committed to staying then they need to learn the lessons of the club’s recent mistakes, which have been many.

    I am all for values if it keeps our most gifted players at the club, but allowing
    them to run down contracts and then issue club with a fait accompli and a departure on bosman as appears to be case with Sanchez and Ozil is not good
    management. Both players should have had contracts finalised before last season started or then sold and replaced. Leaving it unresolved when we failed to
    qualify for CL was bad business.

    Wenger’s last two contract renewals was also a mistake. I am all for stability,
    but football management is a stressful and demanding business. and like other similar jobs there is a finite period when you are likely to be successful and
    effective. I would suggest that 10-15 years is an absolute maximum term.

    Several years ago I was advised by the recruitment partner in one of Britain’s
    leading firms of solicitors that their partners were expected to retire at 55 after 35 years in profession. That was considered the optimum time to be at the
    top of your game in a demanding and stressful career. Also it allows for fresh
    blood in the profession.

  22. loyika

    I thought Usmanov was supposed to be the “Knight in Shining Armour” that would ride in to save the day?

    Seems he voted in favor of both Josh and Sir Chip remaining on the BoD.

    So much for being saved by an outsider. And you could just forget about Dangote right now, he ain’t buying zilch.

  23. loyika

    Good one on the AST though for following through with their plan of action. At least they are putting their “Money where their mouth is”

    Either ways, the AST need to build up lost goodwill with the fan base.

    Alas, doubt Stan Kroenke will be bothered about all this. Seen enough of these AGMs to just brush it off his shoulder.

  24. HighburyLegend

    Stan the Man : “It’s easy to change coaches, people do this all the time, the easiest thing is to change something, it’s harder to do nothing, we’ve experienced that in many organizations and we we just thought that Arsene was doing a good job and was always the man of the situation, we have a lot of respect for him and I see him more focused than ever, focused on winning. ”

    RIP AFC.

  25. S Asoa

    At the AGM
    12:38
    Gazidis on spending
    Question about how Arsenal will compete for the title and in Europe. Gazidis says all the club’s finances are made available for player recruitment as long as it is sustainable.

    He said: ‘All of our club’s resources are made available for reinvestment. Unprecedented increase in recent years.

    ‘We have spent over £200m in last three years.

    ‘We are not where we want to be but we are not standing still.’

    NO YOU S.O.B. we are not standing still. We are moving Backwards into Ridicule. Arsenal Board has become a sad sack joke.

  26. loyika

    “Please write in if you’ve got a problem.”

    Lolz, best statement of the month from Sir Chip. Almost beats the “Thanks for your concern” one.

    I am sure Stan K really detests these events and would want rid of them if he had his way.

    Nice one on the other Shareholders though getting their views heard/aired. At least Arsene is not in doubt (if he ever was previously) that his way of doing things at present is not going down a treat with the Fan Base.

    My taking from this is a doubt that either one of Alexis or Ozil will be sold in January.

  27. Champagne Charlie

    Been on an Arsenal hiatus since transfer windows end for obvious reasons, but today’s AGM has brought it all forward again.

    Our ownership/board are 99% responsible for where we are as a club. Amazing how fucked up we are at the top.

  28. Leftsidesanch

    Wenger tells Arsenal AGM, cash disparities mean Aston Villa could no longer win European Cup.
    “At least they won it,” shareholder shouts out.

    Hahaha

  29. Cesc Appeal

    Wenger was heckled at the AGM?

    That is a big turnaround, even in years gone by when fans were really unhappy with the club he would still get a big cheer.

    At last fans are grouping them together, Wenger and Kroenke.

    Each in it for themselves.

  30. Leftsidesanch

    CA

    Slowly but surely, mind you this deluded fraud will spin it as being a small minority who don’t approve of him.

  31. Cesc Appeal

    Wenger getting in the values and traditions bollocks as well.

    Honestly, bunch of complete c**ts the hierarchy of this club. Makes your blood boil, the minimal effort they make to appear interested because they know that is all that is necessary.

    Fortress Self-Preservation (the Emirates) is impenetrable.

  32. Leftsidesanch

    You know that we are doomed when asked about the futures for Ozil and Alexis, Mr Kronke’s answer:

    They looked really good in black with the red trim,”

  33. Cesc Appeal

    You know as well Kroenke said right before going in ‘what the f**k is an Ozil, are we playing them in that European thing?’

  34. Buckhurst Gun

    if the fans still continue to give their hard earned cash to this shit house Arsenal board then we literally have zero hope

  35. Leftsidesanch

    Keswick telling supporters to “read today’s Telegraph” if they want to hear from Stan Kroenke.

    – This guy ‘s astounding arrogance and contempt for Arsenal supporters sums up how they all feel about us. Just a minor irritant to them.

  36. Coach 15

    DonOctober 26, 2017 12:17:43
    Boycott the games
    Put your money where your mouths are and empty the stadium

    Well said that man,it’s the only real protest left,and the one these greedy rich C#UNTS take notice of. Loss of extra matchday revenue.

  37. alexanderhenry

    The AGM did not go well for the ownership and senior management of arsenal fc apparently. Good.

    Wenger, Gazidis,and most of all sir chips were heckled. By the end Keswick was blatantly refusing to answer questions from ast members and ended the meeting saying :

    ‘write in if you have any questions ‘.

    Fans need to boycott.

  38. Cesc Appeal

    Wow, the AGM is going down an absolute stinker online. Absolute disconnect between Wenger, Kroenke, Gazidis, Keswick etc and the fans.

  39. Steveyg87

    If they are to preserve their “business” they need to boot sir chips, either he doesn’t give a f&^k about the fans or he’s taking one for the team by increasing the pressure on the board

  40. Leftsidesanch

    I mean they’re a shocking lot of people, but Chips (stupid name) is on a next level to me. It’s as if supporters are getting in the way of some exclusive billionaires boys club in his eyes.

  41. graham62

    IG insists that Arsenal are the most consistent over-performing ‘big club’.

    What the #### does he mean?

    When can we have someone at the top who speaks for the fans?

    QUESTION FROM THE FLOOR PLEASE.

    “Ah yes, many thanks…..( pause)…..Based on the success of the club over the past decade, can you explain to me, and the other members and shareholders present, how the #### you can look yourselves in the mirror each morning, as well as sit in your elevated chairs of power, without feeling the slightest element of guilt and shame?
    You are, as individuals and a collective body, a total embarrassment and liability to all those associated with Arsenal Football club and, from a personal perspective, I hope your departures from the club are forthcoming, so that the ethos and ‘values’ that we as fans truly comprehend, such as respect, honesty, transparency, passion, antiipation, leadership, hope and pride, are allowed to flow freely through the club once again.

    Thank you.

  42. Goobergooner

    Victoria Concordia Crescit.

    If that has any meaning to any Arsenal fan at all, we should follow our own bloody crest and get these fuckers out of the club.