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Arsenal’s Nwaneri, 15, becomes youngest Premier League player in history

Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri made history by becoming the youngest player in the Premier League at the age of 15 years and 181 days.

Born in 2007, Nwaneri came on as a 90th-minute substitute in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford.

In doing so, the England youth international became the first 15-year-old to play in the Premier League.

Nwaneri broke the previous record set by Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott, who appeared for Fulham aged 16 years and 30 days in 2019.

Nwaneri, who is an attacking midfielder, impressed at youth level and was lucky enough to come on the bench after injuries in the Arsenal first team.

Brentford fans responded by signing: “He has class in the morning”.

Nwaneri had previously made several appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18 team, as well as the England Under-16s.

Nwaneri was born after Arsenal moved to their current stadium, the Emirates, and three years after their last Premier League title.

Arsenal were in a comfortable position and were winning 3-0 when manager Mikel Arteta made the historic change.

Arteta admitted it was “pure intuition” to make his Nwaneri debut but said he had earned his opportunity.

“I met the boy and really liked what I saw,” Arteta said after Arsenal returned to the top of the table.

“He has trained with us several times. I had the feeling yesterday that if the opportunity arose, I would do it. He deserves it.”

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