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Mikel Arteta accused of irresponsible determination handy 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 constructing a self-indulgent determination in handing Ethan Nwaneri his file breaking Premier League debut by former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy.

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

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

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

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

‘However I feel 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 mentioned ‘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 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, nevertheless, 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 feel that’s a extremely poor determination. It’s about Arteta all about Arteta. The supervisor that performed the youngest ever participant within the Premier League is me. I feel that’s self-indulgent.

‘After I noticed the child on the bench I believed that was nice for him. What a superb 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 carried out. 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 deliver him on with 10 or quarter-hour to go?

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

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


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