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Mikel Arteta accused of irresponsible choice at hand debut to Arsenal teen Ethan Nwaneri by Jason Cundy

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Ethan Nwaneri grew to become the youngest participant in Premier League historical past when he made his Arsenal debut towards Brentford final weekend (Image: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has been accused of creating a self-indulgent choice in handing Ethan Nwaneri his document breaking Premier League debut by former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy.

The Gunners continued their fantastic begin to the brand new marketing campaign with a snug 3-0 win over the Bees and avenged final season’s embarrassing opening night time defeat on the identical venue.

Such was Arsenal’s dominance that Arteta felt snug sufficient at hand Nwaneri, aged simply 15 years and 181 days, his maiden look in harm time.

Explaining his choice in his submit match press convention, Arteta stated: ‘It was a pure intestine feeling, I met the child and I appreciated what I noticed.

‘He has skilled a few instances with us and I had a sense yesterday that if the chance got here I’d do it.

‘However I believe it sends a powerful message about who we’re as a membership. I informed him yesterday he could be with us and he needed to be prepared. He’s prepared. When he went on I stated ‘congratulations and luxuriate in it.

‘I don’t know what it’s. After I met him, after I checked out him, I had that feeling.’

Ethan Nwaneri got here on as a late substitute towards Brentford (Image: Getty)

Youngest Ever PL Gamers

Ethan Nwaneri (Arsneal) – 15 years, 5 months, 28 days
Harvey Elliott (Fulham) – 16 years, 1 month
Matthew Briggs (Fulham) – 16 years, 2 months, 7 days
Izzy Brown (Chelsea) – 16 years, 3 months, 27 days
Aaron Lennon (Leeds Utd) – 16 years, 4 months, 7 days

Cundy, nonetheless, insists the choice to pick {the teenager} will solely add pointless strain to a participant who’s already being in comparison with the likes of Phil Foden.

He informed talkSPORT: ‘Arteta doesn’t care concerning the boy. I believe that’s a very poor choice. It’s about Arteta all about Arteta. The supervisor that performed the youngest ever participant within the Premier League is me. I believe that’s self-indulgent.

‘After I noticed the child on the bench I assumed that was nice for him. What a superb expertise for the child.

‘However after I noticed him warming up I assumed that is ridiculous. This has acquired nothing to do with the child that is all about Arteta, all about him, look what I’ve performed. Time will inform.

‘He got here on and he hardly touched the ball. He got here on with seconds to go. That is about him making an look, nothing to do with the efficiency. Why didn’t he convey him on with 10 or quarter-hour to go?

‘There’s different gamers on that bench that might have come on. It’s the flawed choice as a result of he’s nonetheless a child. There’s strain mounting already. From the whole lot I’ve heard he’s going to be a celebrity however placing him on at 15 does nothing to assist his profession.

‘I believe it’s irresponsible. What’s Arteta going to do subsequent week? Choose a 14-year-old. I’m lethal critical right here.’


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