At only 15 years and 181 days, Ethan Nwaneri has for the first time set foot on the lawns of the Premier League. He becomes the youngest player to play a game in the English league.
Arsenal midfielder Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player in Premier League history on Saturday when he entered at the very end of the match against Brentford (3-0), at 15 years and 181 days.
Nwaneri replaced Fabio Vieira, author of the third goal for the Gunners, leader of the championship after seven games played, at the end of the first of four minutes of added time. He pretty much broke the record that had been held since May 2019 by then-Fulham midfielder Harvey Elliott, and now at Liverpool, who was 16 years and 30 days old when he made his first debut. game, against Wolverhampton.
Arrived at 9 years old in the club of the capital, Nwaneri quickly burned through the stages, playing under 18 when he was 14 and under 21 this season. The injury absences of Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko had also reduced Mikel Arteta’s choices in midfield, prompting him to call the teenager with the pros for the first time.
On Tuesday, a Northern Irish schoolboy, Christopher Atherton, became the youngest British footballer to play in a senior team at the age of 13 years and 329 days, when he came on as a substitute in a League Cup match. semi-professional club of Glenavon.