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Ethan Nwaneri became our youngest ever player when he came on as a late substitute against Brentford on Sunday, breaking a club record that has held for nearly 20 years.

At 15 years and 181 days old, the academy producer – too young to even sign scholarship forms until next season – holds the record for Cesc Fabregas, who was almost a full year older than him when he played in the League Cup against Rotherham United at Highbury in October. 2003.

Cesc was 16 years and 177 days old at the time, going on to play 303 times for us, and scoring 57 goals, in an illustrious Gunners career.

Schoolboy Ethan wasn’t born when Cesc set the old record, and his date of birth is March 21, 2007. That’s after we moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Ethan also became the first 15-year-old to play in the Premier League, taking the record as the youngest player in the competition from Harvey Elliott, who was 16 years and 30 days old when he played for Fulham in May 2019.

Our youngest former Premier League player was Jack Wilshere, who was 16 years and 256 days old when he made his debut against Blackburn Rovers in September 2008. In beautiful proportions, Jack is now Ethan’s coach for the Under-18 team.

This means that 82 of the last 200 first-team players – dating back to the turn of the millennium – were Arsenal academy products.

Ethan’s record goes beyond the Premier League era as well. He is also now the youngest player to appear in a Premier League match in English football, beating the previous record set by Sunderland’s Derek Foster in August 1964. Foster was only three days older at 15 and 184 days.

An attacking midfielder at home in the 10th round, Ethan came in in the 90th minute at Brentford Community, wearing the number 83 jersey, replacing Fabio Vieira. In the process, he became the 893rd player to represent Arsenal’s first team.

This all adds up to what has been a fantastic 2022 year so far for the London-born teenager.

At the end of last season, he made his debut for our Under-18 team, then earlier this season he made a step up to Under-21 football, starting with our 4-1 win over Blackburn at the beginning of September, and contributed with a crucial pass. .

Joining Hale End at the age of eight in 2015, Ethan has already been capped by England at both the Under-16 and Under-17 level.

So what’s next for Ethan? Well, how about striving to become the club’s youngest goalscorer ever? This record is currently held by Fabregas, who was 16 days and 212 days old when he scored in the League Cup in December 2003. This means he has until mid-October 2023 to score himself on the goal list and write more history.

Arsenal’s 10 youngest players







Ethan Nwaneri

15 years and 181 days

Premier League




Cesc Fabregas

16 years 177 days

League Cup

Rotherham United



Jack Wilshere

16 years 256 days

Premier League

Blackburn Rovers



Jermaine Pennant

16 years and 319 days

League Cup




Jerry Ward

16 years 321 days


Huddersfield Town



Paul Weisen

16 years and 346 days

European Cup

Leipzig locomotive



Ryan Smith

16 years 352 days

League Cup

Rotherham United



Gideon Zallem

16 years 363 days

FA cup

Coventry City



Armand Traore

17 years and 16 days

League Cup

West Bromwich Albion



Henry Lansbury

17 years 19 days

League Cup

Sheffield United



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