Hector Bellerín revealed that after scoring a brace to win the match for Arsenal, Eddie Nketiah went back to the dressing room to deal with a barrage of messages from friends, fans and family.

Nketiah certainly generated a buzz on social media with his goals, as  Arsenal fans enjoyed one of their own making the difference on his Emirates debut. Hector said he saw Eddie after the game (via GiveMeSport.com): “I went down to the dressing room and he was on his phone and he must have got messages from friends and on social media. It must be quite hard in the first moments to [deal with that].

“There will be ups and downs. It is important that you keep humble, keep working hard and see it as the first step on a long journey.”

Nketiah has seen massive growth in his online presence over the last few months. In May, when he was still playing solely for the youth teams and hadn’t even had his account verified, Eddie had 4.8k followers. Now he has nine times that number, with 43.1k.

Of course, at the moment, the response is almost exclusively positive. Chants of “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie” ring around the stands. Wikipedia articles are being jokingly edited to call the striker the greatest of all time, while highlight reels of his best ever youth goals do the rounds. It’s a good time to be in his shoes.

But that will wear off, and the 18-year-old will be expected to perform again when he gets the chance. Perhaps that could come on Thursday, against Red Star Belgrade.

Only the most optimistic of supporters will expect him to continue to score a goal every 20 minutes as he has so far for the first team, and it will still be difficult to live up to Tuesday’s showing.

How Nketiah handles the fan response after a less-than-dreamlike performance is the next big step in his development.