Arsenal starlet Ethan Nwaneri, 15, makes Premier League history during Brentford win
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 18
Ethan Nwaneri is the youngster player in Premier League history (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player in Premier League history after making his debut for the Gunners in their victory over Brentford.

Nwaneri, 15, replaced Arsenal goalscorer Fabio Vieira in injury-time after being included in Mikel Arteta’s squad for the trip to Brentford.

The midfielder, who was born in March 2007, was called up for first-team training for the first time on Saturday.

As Nwaneri make Premier League history, Arsenal fans sang ‘He’s going to school in the morning!’

Nwaneri, who joined Arsenal’s academy in 2016, was not even born when Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium opened.

On Nwaneri’s cameo, Arsenal boss Arteta said: ‘It was a pure gut feeling. I met the boy, I really liked what I saw.

‘Obviously Per [Mertesacker] and the academy staff gave me really good information about him as well.

Nwaneri was called up to first-team training for the first time on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘I met him, he’s trained a couple of times with us as well. Yesterday he had to come because we had the injuries and then I had that feeling from yesterday that if the opportunity could come, that I was going to do it, and I just done it.’

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott previously held the record after playing for Fulham at the age of 16 years and 30 days.

Arsenal lost 3-1 to in their last Premier League fixture but returned to winning ways in west London, cruising to a 3-0 win.

William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus scored first-half goals to put Arsenal in control, before Vieira put the game to bed with a stunning strike after half-time.

The 15-year-old replaced Arsenal goalscorer Fabio Vieira (Picture: Getty)

The win sees Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League table, after Mikel Arteta’s side were briefly dislodged by Manchester City and Tottenham yesterday.

Last week, Northern Irish schoolboy Christopher Atherton became the youngest senior footballer in the United Kingdom, aged 13 when he played for Glenavon.

Following Arsenal’s win at Brentford, Gunners captain Granit Xhaka said: ‘We have a different mentality this season. We kept going and are training like we play and have class with the players that can make a difference.

‘You have the class in the front and they make the difference. More than happy we are in a good way but a long way to go.’

Arsenal summer signing Jesus added: ‘From the start we showed what we want to do in the game, create chances and score. That is what I believe we did.

‘Granit found me for the goal and I am so happy to play with him, he is an intelligent and quality player.’

Arsenal’s win means they have now won six of their opening seven league games this season. The Gunners face north London rivals Tottenham following the international break on October 1.


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