The Times claim that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all want to sign Arsenal wonderkid Ethan Nwaneri, after the 15-year-old talent became the Premier League’s youngest player on Sunday afternoon.
Aged 15 years and 181 days, England Under-17 international Nwaneri made his professional debut for Arsenal on Sunday. Coming off the bench against Brentford in a 3-0 win, he eclipsed Harvey Elliott’s record of 16 and 30 days.
Now, it seems there was a reason for Nwaneri’s introduction. Arsenal are very aware that they have enormous talent in their hands. Already proven by his two selections in England U17. He has four goals and four assists in nine Arsenal U18 games.
So much so that they are accelerating his breakthrough into the senior team – in order to keep him. Indeed, Arsenal are also aware of interest in Nwaneri from Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Liverpool and Manchester United want Arsenal wonderkid Nwaneri
Compared in the Times article to Wayne Rooney, Nwaneri is a huge talent. Arsenal clearly hold him in high regard and not just because of Sunday. But because the striker has had U18 and U21 appearances this season.
Earlier this month, he started in a Premier League 2 clash for Arsenal against Blackburn. Facing a mix of senior players and those who could have been up to six years older than him. But he still got an assist in a 4-1 win.
Arsenal are renowned for producing serious talent from their Hale End academy – recently, more than ever. Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and many more. Now it could be Nwaneri’s turn.
But the question is whether Arsenal can keep him. They’ve already given him his first-team debut, so those senior minutes are going to have to keep coming for Nwaneri if the Gunners are going to be able to keep him.
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