Eddie Nketiah says he doesn’t feel like he’s under any pressure even though his match-winning cameo against Norwich City earlier in the season has seen his name thrust into the spotlight.
Having featured in the Gunners pre-season tour of China and Australia, the 18-year-old was given a chance to impress in the Carabao Cup third round, which he did, immediately, by grabbing two goals off the bench. He was quickly feted on the terraces with his own chant.
The youngster, who grew up an Arsenal fan before signing for Chelsea, has since featured in the Europa League and has five appearances in total so far this campaign.
“That night will stay with me for ever,” he said, when asked by Arsenal.com to reflect on his debut brace at the Emirates.
“I’m just so grateful to the boss for giving me the chance and to the fans for welcoming me by singing my name like that. I’m just happy to have been able to help the team with a couple of goals.
“It was another great moment and was nice to be able to give back to the boss for believing in me.
“I wasn’t really nervous, I’ve been scoring goals all my life, so I’ve always believed I could go out there and do it.
“To bring it into reality was incredible and I wouldn’t say I feel any pressure now. I’m just trying to stick to my normal game and play and train hard, so that when the next opportunity arises I’m ready to make the impact again.”
Nketiah is expected to be on the bench this evening as Arsenal entertain West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.