Arsenal enjoyed a near-perfect afternoon as they bounced back from their defeat at Manchester United with a thumping 3-0 win at Brentford on Sunday, and also introduced 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri to the Premier League.
Nwaneri, who was born in 2007, to Nigerian parents, 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.
Nwaneri, who 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.”