It was a sorry night for Arsenal, who suffered back-to-back defeats after two impressive away wins at Watford and Napoli. Just when you thought the Gunners had turned a corner, they came crashing down again.
The 3-1 defeat was testament to Wolves’ character, who continue to churn out impressive results against the ‘Big Six’ despite their season looking comfortably over, and with little left to play for.
After Arsenal’s defeat to Crystal Palace on Easter Sunday, Unai Emery went with a more recognised starting XI, but the players failed to restore order in the Gunners camp and find themselves sitting in 5th, a point behind Chelsea in 4th.
Despite a late consolation goal by Sokratis, there was one youngster who came off the bench to put a smile on the fans’ faces: 19-year old Eddie Nketiah.
The youngster is remembered by most fans for his heroics in the Carabao Cup last season when he came off the bench to score two goals and overturn a 1-0 losing position for the Gunners against Norwich in 2017.
Many fans took to Twitter to praise another impressive cameo by the young forward…
Despite the result I was very, very impressed with Eddie nketiah. Makes you wonder why he hasn’t played more often and he should 100% get more minutes before the end of the season. Top 4 is blown now anyways.
— GG (@GrampianGunner) April 24, 2019
Have any of our attacking players done enough in the last two games to keep Willock, Saka, Amaechi or Nketiah from getting a good run-out? Eddie has looked really bright since coming on, like he has a point to prove, he's given more than any of the starters #Ars
— Black_Jag (@BlackJagg3) April 24, 2019
Nketiah contributing the most to our attack in the couple minutes he's been on. We might as well start him up top in away games and bench Laca/Auba.
— MR¹⁷?? (@king_laca) April 24, 2019
Can’t think of many positives but Nketiah is one. Thought he looked very sharp when he came on. Was direct, showed plenty of urgency and created a few opportunities. Certainly deserves more chances.
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) April 24, 2019
Nketiah in 2 minutes has done more than Iwobi and Mkhi combined.
— The Arsenal (@DareToWenger) April 24, 2019
Nketiah vs Wolves:
19 minutes played
2/2 successful dribbles
5/5 passes completed
1 chance created
3/3 duels won
1 free-kick won
Struggling to see what the senior players did in the previous 71 minutes to deserve to keep starting over him. pic.twitter.com/Umt202vgcb
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) April 25, 2019
Nketiah looked good. That’s it for the positives from the game. Just have to hope United help us out vs Chelsea & Leicester self-destruct for no reason.
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) April 24, 2019
Nketiah has been a breath of fresh air with his pace, directness & willingness to run at players.
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) April 24, 2019
Aside from the goal the only other positive was Nketiah's performance. Always lively and looking to make things happen when he comes on.
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) April 25, 2019
Perhaps that was the performance that will earn himself more game time under Emery.