Eddie Nketiah wanted to make an impact off the bench against Leicester City, but sadly his appearance will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Nketiah makes the wrong kind of history
The 21-year-old set an unwanted record as he became the second youngest Arsenal player to be sent off after Konstantinos Mavropanos (remember him?) in 2018.
Worse still, had it not been the VAR delay, Nketiah’s appearance would have lasted around two minutes rather than four and he didn’t manage a single touch of the ball.
Will this hurt Nketiah at Arsenal?
Fortunately for the young talent, he seems to have the backing of Mikel Arteta, who labelled the challenge a ‘slip’ and insisted that Eddie is a ‘nice guy.’
That will come as a relief seeing as just yesterday it was reported that Matteo Guendouzi has been training alone since grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Brighton on 20 June.
It doesn’t appear that Nketiah has endangered his Arsenal future, although he will now sit out the derby against Tottenham and must have been left red-faced.
But is there a worse sub performance on record than Eddie’s?
Keith Gillespie – Reading v Sheffield United, 2006-07
Gillespie’s contribution makes Eddie Nketiah look like Man of the Match.
Coming on as a sub but before play had restarted, he threw an elbow in Stephen Hunt’s face right in front of the referee’s assistant and a red card.
A grand total of zero seconds on the pitch.
Walter Boyd – Swansea City v Darlington, 2000-01
The Jamaican cult hero set the world record for quick dismissals when he elbowed Darlington’s Martin Gray 53 seconds after ending the field of play.
Better still, he had been brought on during the stoppage for the referee to send off Darlington player Steve Tutill, so no game time had actually elapsed.
By the time the ref blew for the free-kick to be taken Gray was down and the referee’s assistant was flagging to report Boyd’s rush of blood.
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