Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri made a little bit of history yesterday against Brentford.
It’s a record that’s likely to stand for a very long time.
Aged 15 years and 181 days, Nwaneri is now the youngest player ever to appear in the English Premier League. He made a brief substitute appearance in Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 win at Brentford.
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Arsenal were cruising, 3-0 up away to Brentford. That situation afforded manager Mikel Arteta the luxury of bringing young Nwaneri on for a taste of elite-level football.
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Arsenal manager Milel Arteta has his say on Nwaneri
Ethan Nwaneri is not only the youngest Premier League player in history, he’s also the youngest player ever to appear in a competitive match for Arsenal. The player who he surpassed in that regard? The great Cesc Fabregas.
“It was a pure gut feeling. I met the boy. I really liked what I saw. Per in the academy was giving me good feelings. He’s trained with us a couple of times and then I had the feeling from yesterday that if the opportunity could come I was going to do it.” Arteta said.
What a moment for young Ethan Nwaneri! What were you doing when you were 15 years old? We would genuinely love to hear it in the comments.