Nigeria playmaker, Alex Iwobi gave his national team coach, Gernot Rohr, something to smile about after he returned to action in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Norwich City in the Carabao Cup.
Iwobi had missed his club’s last three games, including the impressive 5-2 thrashing of Everton at the weekend.
However, the 21-year-old featured as the Gunners came from behind yet again to beat championship club, Norwich at the Emirates.
Iwobi’s night came to an end when he was substituted for Josh da Silva just before the start of second half of extra time, with the Gunners already 2-1 up.
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The Gunners’ were saved from an embarrassing exist by debutant, Eddie Nketiah, who came off the bench to net twice.
Nketiah made an impact when he equalised, after coming on as a substitute, with Arsenal 1-0 down and five minutes left to play, sending the tie to extra time.
The 18-year-old sealed the win with his second of the game, scored in the first half of extra time, to cap an impressive night for him.
Iwobi, however, wasn’t the only Nigerian who played, as compatriot, Chuba Akpom only played a part in the win after coming on as a second half substitute.
Elsewhere, Kelechi Iheanacho was on target as Leicester City defeated Leeds United 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.
Iheanacho has found game time difficult to come by at Leicester since his £25million switch from Man City, but on Tuesday, he inspired the Foxes into the quarter finals of the league cup.
With Leeds leading 1-0′ Iheanacho equalised for the host , and then, turned provider for Slimani, who put the Foxes 2-1 up after the break before the Nigerian was replaced by Jamie Vardy.
Riyal Mahrez completed the scoring when he added a third to sealed a convincing passage to the next round for the Foxes.
Meanwhile, at the Liberty Stadium, Jesse Lingard’s brace earned Manchester United a comfortable 2-0 win against Swansea. Lingard’s goals included a brilliant headed effort, off a Matteo Darmian cross to cap off an excellent night for the England international.
At the Etihad, neighbours, Manchester City needed penalty shootout to see off another stubborn championship side, Wolverhampton. City found the very organised Wolves a difficult nut to crack, as the game went into a shootout after it ended goalless after 120 minutes of football. The Cityzens finally prevailed 4-1, booking a place in the last eight of the competition.
Full Carabao Cup results
Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City
Bournemouth 3-1 Middleborough
Bristol City 4-1 C.Palace
Leicester 3-1 Leeds United
Swansea 0-2 Man United
*Man City 0-0 Wolves
*City defeated Wolves 4-1 on penalty shootout.