Chelsea decided that Eddie Nketiah was too small to play professional football before releasing him.
It’s no secret by now that Nketiah was a Chelsea player before he joined Arsenal’s academy.
It was in 2015 when he was told by Chelsea he wouldn’t be offered a professional deal.
Arsenal saw the opportunity to sign a talented player and offered him a contract after a successful trial.
Two years later, Nketiah scored twice in the Carabao Cup for the Arsenal first team.
According to the Mirror, the reason Chelsea let him go was because he was too small.
Nketiah, who apparently stands a five feet seven inches, had little problem finding space in the Norwich penalty area to score from two corners, one of which came via his head.
Arsenal have brought through a number of small young players over the years, as well as a handful of small first team players.
For Arsene Wenger, physicality isn’t his main concern. Technique and intelligence are.
This makes for an interesting story now, as Nketiah’s mid-week heroics are still fresh in the memory.
However, time will tell if he can establish himself at the top level and prove that Chelsea’s decision to let him was truly the wrong one.