The article looks at Ethan Nwaneri. We will examined the life of the youngest Premier league player. We will look at his journey to this dreamland.
Who is Ethan Nwaneri?
The 15 year old player is the youngest player in the Premier league’s history.
He made his debut by replacing Fabio Viera in the stoppage time in Arsenal game against Brentford in which they won by 3-0.
He was born on 21st March,2007 and is 15 years, 181 days old.
He was born after his current club came to Emirates stadium from their previous base of Highbury.
He is said to have made quick impression with his time with the gunners.
He made his under 18 debut when he was only 14 and scored against Reading.
Ethan Nwaneri also made what has been described as eye catching performances in that game.
He stayed briefly with their under-18 and made it through to their under 21.
Nwaneri also scored after he came in as substitute for England in the Under-17s game against Faroe Islands. They won that game by 3-0.
When Arteta was left with fewer options after Captain Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko injuries, he sent for Nwaneri in his game against Brentford.
When Arteta was asked about the moment he sent for the 15 year old, he said “It was a pure gut feeling”
“I met the boy and really liked what I saw. Per Mertesacker and the academy staff are giving me really good information, Edu as well. I met him, he’s trained a couple of times with us.
“Yesterday he had to come because we have injuries, especially the injury of Martin Odegaard, and then I had that feeling from yesterday that if the opportunity could come that I was going to do it and I just did it.”
What are the expectations of Arsenal fans on Ethan Nwaneri?
The gunners fans are expecting that he will continue his form and development. This they hope the youngsters will follow the steps Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.
Ethan Nwaneri replaces Liverpool midfielder Elliott was 16 and 30 days when he played against Fulham in 2019.
This made him the first player under the age of 16 to play in the Premier League.
“We have the opportunities to bring young players on,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the game.
“We are pretty short and opportunities come when issues arise.”
The 14 year old made several appearances for Arsenal in their under 18 squad.
Arsenal had this to say in their twitter page.