See why Nwaneri was made the youngest player by Arsenal manager Arteta
Ian Wright, a former striker for Arsenal, has stated that he is “glad” to witness Ethan Nwaneri, 15, create Premier League history.
When Nwaneri replaced Bukayo Saka against Brentford on Sunday, he made history as the youngest player in the English top division.
The child beat Harvey Elliott’s previous record, which he broke.
The choice by Arteta to play Nwaneri, according to Wright, sends a “huge message” to the other academy players.
“I’m extremely pleased for Arsenal. Some people may have assumed it was a stunt to get him on the team at that point, but Mikel, Per, and Edu are not including him there as a joke.
“They won’t just bring in individuals for the sake of it. He played for the U18s when he was just 14 years old, so they thought quite highly of him.
Wright remarked on Match of the Day, “What I think this accomplishes is send a tremendous message to the other academy players and shows them they all have an opportunity to play in that first team.”