Ethan Nwaneri becomes youngest Premier League player ever for Arsenal
Arsenal youngster Ethan Nwaneri has become the youngest Premier League player of all time after making his debut aged 15 years and 181 days old.
The Gunners travelled to Brentford for a Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon and claimed a dominant 3-0 win thanks to goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira.
That allowed manager Mikel Arteta to use his substitutes bench towards the end of the game and Nwaneri was brought on in injury time to become the youngest Premier League player in history.
Amazingly Nwaneri wasn’t even born when Arsenal switched from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, with Gary Lineker among those who reacted to the record-breaking moment on social media.
Arteta claimed it was a “gut decision” to put him on the bench, and credited Per Mertesacker for making him aware of the talent that Nwaneri has despite his age.
Arsenal have always been a football club that pride themselves on giving young talent a chance at the highest level and clearly that hasn’t changed under manager Arteta.
The squad is already the youngest in the Premier League, with the core of the team made up of youngsters like Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith-Rowe.
While this is unlikely to be a regular occurrence this season once the Arsenal squad is back closer towards full strength after the international break, they deserve credit for not doing what so many clubs have done and just naming an incomplete bench.
This will give the kids in the academy a huge boost that there is a pathway at the club despite it’s size and success and they will now know the manager will trust them no matter their age if the situation is right.
It was an amazing moment to witness and big congratulations to both Nwaneri and Arsenal are well deserved.
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