Have Arsenal finally found their new Thierry Henry?

Arsenal’s newest sensation Eddie Nketiah burst into the spotlight when the Gunners came from behind to knock Norwich out of the Caraboa Cup last month, and it seems that the 18 year-old has the world at his feet. He has celebrated his breakthrough in style and has continued his exploits whilst playing for the England U19 side in this week’s World Cup Qualifying rounds.

He managed to score 4 goals in their opening qualifier against The Faroes, but in a harder second game against Iceland Eddie scored yet another dramatic winner in the closing minutes to make it 2-1 and secure a place for his country in the next Elite Round of Qualifying.

There are very few people at the Arsenal Academy that are surprised by his scoring prowess as he scored 24 goals as a 16 year-old for the club, and followed it up again last season by scoring another 24, with 12 of those coming after he was promoted to the U23 side.

Even Thierry Henry famously said about Nketiah after his scintillating display against Norwich: “I worked with him when I was with the under-18s and I was delighted to see him grab two goals — delighted but not surprised.

“He is a great kid and was a pleasure to work with. He was always on time, listened hard and was a good worker, willing to learn and improve.”

Nketiah himself admitted that he would love to emulate his one-time hero. He told Arsenal Player: “[I grew up watching] Thierry, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright – they were all great strikers and attacking players and I watched them a lot, especially Thierry.

“When he was working with us I used to work with him quite a bit on and off the field, so I’m just trying to emulate even a little bit of what they can do, that would a dream come true for me.”

He certainly seems to be living up to the hype so far, and with Arsene Wenger planning to give him a new pay rise with a new extended contract, could the youngster finally become Arsenal’s new Thierry?



  1. Tony says:

    Every argentine is Maradona. every arsenal player is Henry.
    it is impossible to judge new players without comparing with them

  2. Sue says:

    There’s only one Thierry Henry!

  3. Omonaija says:

    There can be a replica at least.

  4. Omonaija says:

    I just hope AW doesn’t put him on the bench when he is needed.

    1. sanmi.marvellous says:

      Nketiah will lucky if Wenger does not convert him to a goalkeeper or a defender

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        No, be serious’ but he might turn him into a winger

  5. ThirdManJW says:

    Give him a chance in the league, things can’t get much worse!

  6. Yossarian says:

    I’m happy with Lacazette up-front.

    What we desperately need is a new Patrick Viera, or at least a new Santi Cazorla.

    A new David Seaman, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, and Lee Dixon wouldn’t hurt either!

    1. Tony says:

      Steven N’Zonzi would be the perfect fit at C D M and he wants to be back in the Premiership!

  7. Maks says:

    There is new Henry, he’s name is Mbape and he is playing for PSG. 🙁

  8. Break-on-through says:

    I hate the way it’s always years we have to wait after they land on our radar. It shows how desperate we are to have to keep looking for some shining light out of nowhere. All we can do is hope that he becomes one of the few who’re years ahead of their time. CDM, you’d think we’d have some tall French youngsters in the academy seeing as Arsene’s French. I don’t think he’s as liked over in France as much as he used to be. They all had AFC as their adopted second team, had.

  9. turyasingura Robert says:

    I see a bright,future,with such up coming players,he is likely to steps of Iwob and Rob holding big ups

    1. Tony says:

      Iwobi will never be a first team regular

  10. Bob McNob says:

    Actually, Eddie is more of a new Ian Wright, and let’s hope he gets a place on the bench and a regular run asap.
    We are also short of a midfield dynamo plus a spare.

  11. Godswill says:

    Mbappe here in the making not yet Henry.

  12. dave the header says:

    wenger has lost his nerve,everton played rooney at 16 and he smashed us to pieces,we need a manager who has the guts to unleash these young gooners asap

    1. Segun says:

      Rooney smashed us to pieces? You sure have a way with words, albeit fallacious.

      So, who played Anelka, Djorou, Szczesny, Theo, Jack and Cesc, all at U-18s? Cesc played CL for Arsenal at 16. Jack was 17 when he bossed Barcelona in midfield….

  13. jermaine bryan says:

    NKatia is Sanogoo replacement
    Akpom perez replacement
    Nelson Campbell replacement

    We need to replace
    Sanchez Ozil giroud ? In our attack

  14. Gary says:

    Soon to be ‘The injured version’ rather than the ‘New’

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