Ethan Nwaneri (right) made history as the youngest player in the Premier League.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta revealed the reason for playing the midfielder who was born on March 21, 2007 in the 2022/2023 Premier League continuation. The Spanish tactician admitted that he was amazed when he first saw Nwaneri’s performance.
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Arsenal managed to steal full points when they traveled to the headquarters of Brentford. Despite playing away, the team nicknamed the Gunners appeared very dominant.
The Gunners successfully won 3-0 over Brentford in that match. Three of Arsenal’s winning goals were scored by William Saliba (17′), Gabriel Jesus (28′), and Fabio Vieira (49′). However, behind the victory there is a moment that is in the spotlight.
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The reason, Arteta lowered Nwaneri, a player who is still 15 years old. The English passport player came on to replace Fabio Vieira in the 91st minute. Of course, many people asked what made the coach dare to play Nwaneri.
The Spanish tactician also said that the reason was because he was very impressed with Nwaneri’s game at first glance. Moreover, the player who plays as a midfielder is also considered good by the Arsenal academy team.
“This is my pure feeling. I met the boy, I really liked what I saw. The academy staff gave me good information about it. I met him several times, he also trained a few times with us,” said Arteta, quoted from Football London, Monday (19/9/2022).
Furthermore, there is also a reason Nwaneri was included in the Arsenal senior squad. The reason, Martin Odegaard is currently experiencing an injury. Therefore, Arteta believes that his wonderkid can be a temporary replacement for Odegaard.
“Yesterday he had to come because [pemain] we had injuries, especially to Martin, and then I had the feeling from yesterday that if there was a chance I would do it, and I just did.”
Despite only playing briefly against Brentford, Nwaneri managed to set a new record. He became the youngest player to appear in Premier League history at the age of 15 years and 181 days. Nwaneri broke the record held by Harvey Elliott, a Liverpool player.
At that time, Elliott became the youngest debutant to take part in the Liverpool vs Fulham match. The England international made his debut at the age of 16 years and 38 days.