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Arsenal call up 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri in their squad against Brentford

Arsenal have called up 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri in Sunday’s Premier League squad to face Brentford.

The teenager was promoted to first team training this week, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta impressed by the midfielder’s performances for the Under-21s this season.

Nwaneri was due to spend the season at Arsenal U18s but was quickly promoted to U21s following his impressive performances.

He has already scored four goals and four assists for the U18s and U21s this season.

The teenager was then ruled out of Saturday’s U21 draw against Wolves as he was told he would be training with the first-team ahead of their London trip.

Nwaneri is unlikely to come off the bench but the decision to bring the youngster on shows great appreciation for his progress over the past 12 months.

If Nwaneri came on, he would be the youngest player to have played in Premier League history. Liverpool star Harvey Elliott is currently the youngest at 16 years and 30 days when he was at Fulham.

Cesc Fabregas holds the Arsenal all-time record aged 16 years and 177 days when he played against Rotherham in a League Cup match in 2003.

His chance comes as Arsenal are without key players, including captain Martin Odegaard and left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko for the west London trip.

Arsenal can climb back to the top of the Premier League with a win at Brentford after Manchester City and Tottenham climbed ahead of them after both wins on Saturday.

The Gunners have won five of their first six league games this season and saw their 100 per cent start ended by Manchester United earlier this month.

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