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Nwaneri becomes youngest player in Premier League history

Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest player in Premier League history to play in the competition during Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday.

The Fifteen-year-old, who is eligible to play for Nigeria and English was born in March 2007.

He replaced Fabio Vieira for the Gunners in stoppage time at Brentford Community Stadium.

The attacking midfielder, aged 15 years and 181 days beat the record held by Harvey Elliott.

Elliott was 16 years and 30 days old when he played for Fulham in 2019 before joining Liverpool.

At Brentford, Nwaneri replaced Vieira, who had scored the third goal, after 91 minutes and two seconds.

He was involved for three minutes and 42 seconds before the game ended after 94 minutes and 44 seconds.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made the youngster the first player under the age of 16 to play in the Premier League.

Speaking after the encounter, Arteta said: “We have the opportunities to bring young players on. We are pretty short and opportunities come when issues arise.”

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