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Mikel Arteta accused of irresponsible determination at hand debut to Arsenal teenager Ethan Nwaneri by Jason Cundy

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

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

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

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

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

‘He has educated a few occasions with us and I had a sense yesterday that if the chance got here I might do it.

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

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

Ethan Nwaneri got here on as a late substitute in opposition to 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 out {the teenager} will solely add pointless strain to a participant who’s already being in comparison with the likes of Phil Foden.

He instructed talkSPORT: ‘Arteta doesn’t care in regards to the boy. I believe that’s a very poor determination. 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 believed that was nice for him. What an excellent expertise for the child.

‘However once I noticed him warming up I believed that is ridiculous. This has bought nothing to do with the child that is all about Arteta, all about him, look what I’ve executed. 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 would have come on. It’s the flawed determination 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 famous person 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? Decide a 14-year-old. I’m lethal critical right here.’


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