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Arsenal break records with young starlet

Evan Lloyd

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Arsenal break records with young starlet

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An Arsenal youngster has made history by becoming the youngest ever Premier League player.

As Arsenal strolled to a comfortable 0-3 victory over Brentford, Mikel Arteta decided to make a record-breaking substitute.

Ethan Nwaneri is just 15 years old and had been making waves when he assisted on his U21 debut.

However, he likely never would've predicted his Premier League debut would come just weeks later.

The teenager becomes the youngster player in Premier League history, breaking the record set by Harvey Elliot, 16 at the time.

Not only that, but Nwaneri becomes the youngest ever player in English first division history.

And in Europe, Nwaneri becomes the youngest player to ever play in the top five European leagues.

The youngster played for just a few minutes but it's unlikely that will matter to the player and his family.

Speaking on Nwaneri, Arteta said:

"It was a pure gut feeling, I met the kid and I liked what I saw.

"He has trained a couple of times with us and I had a feeling yesterday that if the opportunity came I would do it.

"But I think it sends a strong message about who we are as a club.

"I told him yesterday he would be with us and he had to be ready. He is ready.

"When he went on I said 'congratulations and enjoy it.

"I don't know what it is. When I met him, when I looked at him, I had that feeling."

Arteta is certainly right when he speaks of a message sent by the substitution, Nwaneri's debut should speak to the opportunities that exist for young players.

Arteta continued:

"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.

"All the decisions that we take, that I take, are for the club.

"It's not for me, it's not for the player.

"It's because we believe he has a talent that has to be developed incredibly in the next few years and we'll see how we manage that.

"Normally it's not us, normally the players tell you and they mind you, how far you can go on that."

Topics: Arsenal, Premier League, Brentford, Mikel Arteta

Evan Lloyd
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