Karen Carney slams Eddie Nketiah’s reaction after Emile Smith Rowe’s goal

‘It is a bit selfish’: Karen Carney slams Eddie Nketiah’s reaction to missing an opportunity as Emile Smith Rowe scores opener in Arsenal’s Europa League win at Vorskla Poltava

  • Eddie Nketiah started for a youthful Arsenal in Europa League clash at Vorskla
  • Emile Smith Rowe fired home the opening goal after Nketiah had been denied 
  • Karen Carney criticised the striker’s frustrated response to his team scoring

Sportsmail Reporter

Eddie Nketiah earned criticism from Karen Carney over his reaction at missing a chance before Emile Smith Rowe’s opening goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 Europa League group stage victory at Vorskla Poltava.

The young striker, whose missed effort broke to Smith-Rowe to score after 10 minutes, put his hands to his head in apparent anguish at not converting the chance himself.

But Chelsea and England footballer Karen Carney felt Nketiah should have put the team first instead of showing disappointment.  

The loose ball breaks from Eddie Nketiah to Emile Smith-Rowe, who lashes it home

The loose ball breaks from Eddie Nketiah to Emile Smith-Rowe, who lashes it home

As the young winger runs away celebrating, Nketiah holds his head in his hands in frustration

As the young winger runs away celebrating, Nketiah holds his head in his hands in frustration

He gets to his feet, but still appears disappointed as he eventually celebrates with his team

Speaking on BT Sport, Carney said: ‘I didn’t like it. It’s a team sport game and yes you have missed your chance and these opportunities you want to be scoring.

‘But you’ve got to be celebrating with your teammate going 1-0 up early in the game.

‘For me it is a bit selfish.

‘You can have that disappointment after the game.’

It took Emile Smith-Rowe just 10 minutes to open the scoring for Arsenal against Vorskla

It took Emile Smith-Rowe just 10 minutes to open the scoring for Arsenal against Vorskla

Nketiah, 19, did get to his feet and join his teammates in celebrating with Smith-Rowe, who now has three goals in his last four games for Arsenal. 

Smith-Rowe’s opener was one of three scored by the Gunners in the first half in Kiev.

Aaron Ramsey was fouled in the box and then stepped up to convert the subsequent penalty, before Joe Willock added a third with a sublime finish.  

Fellow pundit Martin Keown admitted he felt the striker’s frustration at not scoring, but labelled the response ‘strange.’

Former Arsenal centre-back Keown said: ‘It’s a strange reaction. 

‘I do agree, but you know what strikers are like, they want to score the goal, but it is more important the team win.’ 

The pair had more praise for teammate Willock’s strike, with Carney labelling it Henry-esque.

Nketiah led the line for a very youthful Arsenal side in their Europa League group stage clash

Nketiah led the line for a very youthful Arsenal side in their Europa League group stage clash

She said: ‘The way he has opened up his hip, and just rolled it into the corner that is something Thierry Henry would have done. 

‘He has held his run well, it was a good counter-attack, and he was driving forward. It was poor defending but he has capitalised.

‘Thierry would do it at very high seed, but he was given a chance and he has tucked it away and it was a great finish.’

Keown went further, insisting that Willock deserved a chance at first-team football, either with his parent club or elsewhere on loan.

Keown said: ‘I have been really impressed with this young man. I think he is demonstrating above any other player on this pitch that he should be playing first team football, whether it be at Arsenal or somewhere else. 

‘He has now reached that stage where he is going to have be allowed to play football because I think he has been outstanding.

‘Either Premier League football or go to another club as part of his development.’

Chelsea captain and England international Karen Carney was not impressed by Nketiah

Chelsea captain and England international Karen Carney was not impressed by Nketiah



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