Ethan Nwaneri

Ethan Chidiebere Nwaneri (born 21 March 2007) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal.

Ethan Nwaneri
Personal information
Full name Ethan Chidiebere Nwaneri[1]
Date of birth (2007-03-21) 21 March 2007 (age 15)
Place of birth England
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 83
Youth career
2016– Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2022– Arsenal 1 (0)
International career
2022 England U16 6 (1)
2022– England U17 9 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:39, 18 September 2022 (UTC)

Nwaneri made his Premier League debut against Brentford in September 2022, becoming the youngest ever Arsenal player, and the youngest player to appear in the top flight of English football.[2][3]

Early lifeEdit

Nwaneri was born on 21 March 2007 in England[1] and attends St John's Senior School in Enfield.[4] He is of Nigerian descent[5]

CareerEdit

Nwaneri joined Arsenal at nine years-old. By the age of 14, he was already playing for their under-18 side. Predominantly, he plays as a midfielder.[6]

Nwaneri started the 2022–23 season playing for Arsenal under-18s, but he was quickly advanced to the club's under-21 side.[7] Having made a sole appearance in the 2022–23 Premier League 2, he joined the first team for training in September,[8] and made his first senior matchday squad on 18 September when he was named as a substitute for the Premier League match against Brentford.[9] Coming off the bench to replace Fábio Vieira in second-half stoppage time, he became the youngest player to ever appear in the Premier League – breaking both the record previously held by Harvey Elliott,[10][11] and the all-time English top-flight record held since August 1964 by former Sunderland goalkeeper Derek Forster, by three days.[3][12] He also became Arsenal's youngest-ever player in any competition, breaking the previous record of 16 years and 177 days, set by Cesc Fàbregas in the 2003–04 League Cup.[12][13] In the post-match presser, manager Mikel Arteta explained that they had to name Nwaneri and two other under-21 players on the bench because the first team had several injuries, especially the injury of midfielder and captain Martin Ødegaard, and a "gut feeling" was behind his decision to send Nwaneri on.[9][14][4]

Style of playEdit

Nwaneri has been labelled as a player who can operate as a "number 10" but can play every attacking position, with an innate capacity to receive and dribble with the ball at his feet while also contributing defensively. He is comfortable in both wide and central roles.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 18 September 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal U21 2022−23[16] 1[a] 0 1 0
Arsenal 2022–23[16] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "E. Nwaneri: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  2. ^ Ames, Nick (18 September 2022). "Arsenal return to top spot as Fábio Vieira strike seals win at Brentford". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b Gary, Jacob (18 September 2022). "Ethan Nwaneri: Arsenal's 15-year-old becomes youngest top-flight player". The Times. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  4. ^ a b Watts, Charles (18 September 2022). "Why did Arsenal give Nwaneri record-breaking debut? Arteta explains 'gut feeling'". goal.com. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  5. ^ Balogun, Rilwan (18 September 2022). "Meet Ethan Nwaneri, 15-year-old Nigeria eligible player who is in Arsenal squad to face Brentford - Soccernet NG". Soccernet. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Ethan Nwaneri - 14yo turning heads at arsenal wows Arteta with wonder goal". owngoalnigeria.com.
  7. ^ "UNBELIEVABLE" 15-YEAR-OLD WILL JOIN ARSENAL UNDER-21 SIDE FOR TODAY'S GAME". hitc.com. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Mikel Arteta calls 15-year-old up to first-team training". dailycannon.com.
  9. ^ a b Johnston, Neil (18 September 2022). "Arsenal: Ethan Nwaneri, 15, becomes youngest Premier League player". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  10. ^ Wright, Nick (19 September 2022). "Brentford 0–3 Arsenal: Fabio Vieira scores first Gunners goal as Mikel Arteta's side go top again". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  11. ^ Fordham, Josh (19 September 2022). "Arsenal's 15-year-old wonderkid Ethan Nwaneri smashes Liverpool star's Premier League record with debut against Brentford and wasn't born when Gunners reached Champions League final". Talksport. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  12. ^ a b James, Josh (20 September 2022). "Nwaneri enters the record books". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Arsenal's Ethan Nwaneri becomes youngest EPL player at 15". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Arteta on why he gave Ethan Nwaneri debut". Arsenal F.C. 18 September 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  15. ^ "Who is Ethan Nwaneri? The 15-year-old Arsenal wonderkid on the bench for Brentford clash". Goal.com. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Ethan Nwaneri in 2022/2023". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 September 2022.

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