By Liam Thomas

20th Sep, 2022 | 12:28pm

Ethan Nwaneri's headmaster reacts as 15-year-old makes Arsenal debut in Premier League

Arsenal star Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest ever Premier League player over the weekend, something that the headmaster at his Enfield school saw coming.

Nwaneri’s rise has been nothing short of spectacular, with the youngster going from playing twice a week at the Under 14s level to playing with Arsenal’s first team in the space of two years.

His headmaster, Alexander Tardios, has admitted that Nwaneri “dominated” from as early at ten-years-old and his rise to stardom isn’t surprising at all.

Speaking to The Times,  the headmaster at St John’s Preparatory and Senior School in Enfield, north London spoke highly of Nwaneri, highlighting the youngsters’ trial with the school aged ten.

 “We could not evaluate any other player while Ethan dominated,” said Tardios.

“Someone turned to me and said, ‘That was a good scholarship to give,’

“What’s noticeable about him is each morning he has a crisp white shirt tucked in despite having traveled more than an hour and a half by public transport,

“He is polite and well liked.”


It goes without saying, but you have to be a special talent to become the Premier League’s youngest ever player; Nwaneri obviously has talent in abundance.

Becoming the youngest ever Premier League talent at just 15 years and 181 days old is a massive achievement, one that will prove to be very lucrative for the attacking midfielder.

And there is probably no better club to get game time at than Arteta’s youthful Arsenal setup, it seems the Spanish manager gives young talents the chance if they’re good enough.

“We want to give opportunities When there is talent and personality and when players love what they do, and when they have no fear, the doors are open for them to explore where they can go,” the Spaniard said [Sky Sports].

The sky certainly is the limit for Nwaneri, but Arteta will have to keep him grounded, the glitz and glamour of the Premier League could go to the 15-year-old’s head if he isn’t careful.

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