Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka revealed he was already working with 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri before the record-breaking youngster debuted on Sunday as part of the study for his coaching badges.
At 15 years and 181 days old, Nwaneri’s pupil has broken the previous record set by Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott at 16 years and 30 days to become the youngest ever Premier League player.
Coming up from the U-16 ranks, Nwaneeri trained with the first team in the days before facing Brentford to boost numbers due to injuries. But Mikel Arteta liked what he saw and then named the player into the match day squad after glowing signals from the academy staff.
The Arsenal The president described it as a “pure inner feeling” for his choice.
Xhaka later revealed that he was actually working with Nwaneri.
“He looks old when I see him, but the club can be proud of a player like him. He has a great future. I hold my coaching license and have trained under 16s,” Xhaka said of the youngster.
“You can see a huge difference with him and the others. He is very, very special. You have to protect him because he is very young but if he continues like this with his hard work, he will have a big and big future.”
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