Arsenal’s young midfielder, Ethan Nwaneri, on Sunday, became the youngest player ever in the Premier League after making his debut as Arsenal beat Brentford 3-0.
Born in 2007, to Nigerian parents, Nwaneri was 15 years and 181 days old, as he made his debut for the gunners at Gtech Community Stadium, 90 minutes into the game. The attacking midfielder was promoted to the Arsenal first team this week after impressing in the club’s U-18 and U-21 teams.
The young talent had scored four times and also assisted four times this season for the U-18s and U-21s, currently plays in England’s U-16s and has also made one cap with the U-17s. He could also be eligible as a prospect to play for Nigeria.
The youngster, surpassed Liverpool’s Harvey Elliot’s 16 years, 30 days record as the youngest EPL player and Cesc Fabregas’ 16 years, 5 months record as Arsenal’s youngest player ever.
Arsenal fans could be heard chanting, “You’ve got school in the morning,” to Nwaneri, as he came on the pitch, just as Arsenal moved back to the top of the table with Sunday’s win against Brentford.
The club on its official Twitter handle @Arsenal, said, “15 years and 181 days. The youngest player in Premier League history. Congratulations, Ethan Nwaneri @ArsenalAcademy.”
Nwaneri had been expected to spend the season with Arsenal U-18s but he was quickly promoted to the Under-21s following his impressive performances.
Injuries to captain Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko, had left Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, short of midfield options.
“We are pretty short and opportunities come when issues arise,” said Arteta, “We have the opportunities to bring young players on.”
He made headlines last year when he scored on his debut for the U-18s as a 14-year-old.