Arsenal's Rashford and Chelsea's mistake: Prolific wonderkid Eddie Nketiah nets 14th goal this season

General view of the Emirates Stadium before the match

Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick for Arsenal's under-23 side.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scored a sensational hat-trick last night to help the Gunners' under-23 side beat Leicester City 3-0.

The 17-year-old is quickly marking himself out as a player to watch, and could soon be following the footsteps of Manchester United's Marcus Rashford by tearing up the Premier League.

Nketiah netted 24 goals in 28 games for Arsenal's under-18 side last season, and has been tested at a higher level in recent weeks.

He began this season in fine form for the under-18s again, and has been given playing time with the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League, and now the under-23s.

Arsenal's manager Arsene WengerArsenal's manager Arsene Wenger

His hat-trick last night made it 14 goals for Nketiah in all competitions this season, and he is outshining fellow youngster Stephy Mavididi, while making Chuba Akpom look like he is very much in the last saloon.

Nketiah only signed a pro contract with the Gunners in September, with the club's official website hailing his 'speed and finishing skills'.

His emergence should also be worrying for rivals Chelsea, who lost their grip on Nketiah three years ago.

Nketiah left the Blues at 14 after being released, and as a boyhood Arsenal fan he was thrilled to be offered a contract by the Gunners.

He looks like a seriously good prospect and if Arsene Wenger is prepared to put his faith in him, Nketiah could be the breakthrough striker fans have been desperate to emerge.

General view of the Emirates Stadium before the matchGeneral view of the Emirates Stadium before the match

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