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June 2021

Eddie Nketiah scores a hat trick again – this time against Man City.

by Tony Attwood

In a match which kicked off this morning Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal U18s beat Manchester City under 18s 4-3 at London Colney.

Kwame Ampadu coaches the team and he put out a strong side of 2nd year apprentices, but Manchester City took the lead through Lukas Nmecha in the 14th minute.

Nketiah got his first to make it 1-1 following what the Arsenal web site called “good build up play from Joe Willock.”

Eddie Nketiah then got his second goal to put Arsenal in the ascendancy but Jadon Sancho’s for Manchester City meant that the two sides were level at the break. continues the tale: “The drama continued into the second half with the unlikely source of Tolaji Bola putting Arsenal back in front after he was feed up by Malen.   City refused to give up with Nmecha making it 3-3 from the penalty spot in an enthralling encounter.”  (Bola is considered an unlikely source as he is a central defender).

“Nketiah wasn’t finished, though, with the striker completing his hat-trick to put Arsenal 4-3 up.

“There was a chance for another goal late (to make it four goals in the match) but Nketiah missed a penalty. It mattered little as the England youth international had already made the decisive contribution to the game.”

Here is the Arsenal line up: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Medley, T. Bola; McGuane, Dasilva; Smith-Rowe (Dragomir, 68), J. Willock (Gilmour, 89), Malen; Nketiah. Subs not used: Crean, Ballard, Burton.

But this is not the first time that this young man has shone in Arsenal colours.  Last month the Sun who don’t normally bother themselves with such matters ran the headline

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Arsenal wonderkid Eddie Nketiah nets hat-trick for England Under-18s and draws comparisons with Gunners great Thierry Henry

Their commentary ran..,.

“Gunners striker is turning heads and getting fans excited with his ability after netting three for Young Lions in 4-0 win over Qatar

“ENGLAND fans are joining Gunners fans in their excitement over the club’s latest wonderkid after Eddie Nketiah netted a hat-trick for his country.    The Three Lions Under-18 prospect scored a treble against Qatar during a 4-0 win in the Gulf state.”

But still that wasn’t the first hat-trick the 17-year-old has scored this season.

Nketiah also got three against Leicester Under-23s earlier this season, (who were unbeaten at the time) as well as three (although not in the same game) in the Uefa Youth League.

And with that wonderfully wild and utterly erratic predictive quality that the media has, they continue with “There will soon be calls for Arsene Wenger to include him in the Gunners’ first-team squad.”

Now what makes the whole Eddie Nketiah story particularly interesting is not that he has just signed his first professional contract nor that “he’s already showing what a huge future he has at the club,” as one reporter put it, but rather that in 2015 he was released by Chelsea.

A couple of days later Arsenal “snapped him up” as they say in journalistic circles – well as they say in the Metro, “convinced he would be a success and if youth team level football is anything to go by, they may well be right.”

Nketiah’s goalscoring record is quite interesting, for in addition to having scored 24 goals in 28 appearances with the U18s in 2015/16 he has also…

  • Scored 11 in 13 for the under 18s
  • Scored 3 in 2 starts and 2 sub app in Uefa Youth League
  • Scored 5 in 4 starts and 7 sub appearances in under 23s

Which makes 19 goals in 19 starts and 9 substitute appearances

Rather good really.


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16 comments to Eddie Nketiah scores a hat trick again – this time against Man City.

  • Gord

    Congratulations to Eddie!

    A point about the darned officials. Perhaps things have changed (recently?).

    To me, PGMO is an organization involved with The Premier League. In a write up about a recent screwup in a Newcastle game in the Championship (EFL, not EPL), the PGMOL was equated with being the labour union representing all officials.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Eddie is the latest in a long line of junior strikers of whom there are great hopes. He has been a prolific goalscorer at all levels since he joined us having been released by Chelsea aged 14 reportedly for being too small. He still isn’t large but neither is Alexis, a smaller size doesn’t preclude you becoming a great striker so long as you are clever.

    He takes a game or two to settle when he moves to a different age level but once acclimatised he just continues to fill the onion bag. He probably needs another season at U23 level before making the first team but if he continues his upwards trajectory could well be the breakout play for 2017/18. He is a real talent and definitely one to look out for.

  • Andrew Crawshaw


    Yes the PGMO Do provide the officials to the Championship and the lower divisions. The Championship officials are a mix of full and part time salaried staff, those in the lower divisions are paid on a game by game basis I believe.

  • Gord

    Okay, I didn’t know that PGMO had spread that far.

    Is it accurate to call them a labour union?

  • finsbury


    OT Real Mad struggling against Munchen. There’s a surprise!
    I wonder how they’d get on if they lost Ramos for the second half (of both legs)….what a predictable shower witnessed from the orifices of the aaa in recent times, which can be observed to bear sweet FA relation to what happens on the football pitch.

  • Gord

    Thanks Andrew.

    An attempt at a joke. Just slightly different from what Brickfields provides.

  • finsbury


    Having a top level defender sent off against one of the European giants makes a difference….?

    There’s another surprise!

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Don’t tell me that a referee has influenced a Champions League game – shock horror!

  • para

    Lets hope he makes it and has a great career at Arsenal. (If only to rub Chel$ faces in the mud) : ) .

  • WalterBroeckx

    For those who want to see him here is a link to the Arsenal goals. I sure liked the second goal. A cool finish.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Go , Eddie ! Hope he makes it big time with us . AW is probably the right man to guide such precocious and precious talent through our ranks .
    Looking forward to seeing him playing in our first team.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Gord , here’s one that I will title as mouthing off ,or in others words ….

    A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his new teeth, he talks for only eight minutes.

    The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes. The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes.

    The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what happened.

    The Pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn’t talk for more than 8 minutes. The second Sunday his gums hurt too much he couldn’t talk for more than 10 minutes.

    But, the third Sunday, he put his Wife’s’ teeth in by mistake and he couldn’t shut up…

  • ego

    I guess Real Madrid lost after all.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    At last a Husband has gathered the courage and taken the time to write down all of these by today on the 1st April 2017:

    We always hear “the rules” from the Wife’s side.

    Now here are the rules from the husband’s side.

    These are our rules! Please note..
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  • Pat

    Just watched the video. Great goals! That must have been an exciting match to watch. The kind of football Mandy Dodd was describing on another stream. Let’s hope we don’t lose it!

  • Jared

    On behalf of men everywhere, I thank you.