Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory at Brentford on Sunday but it was Ethan Nwaneri who grabbed the headlines.

Nwaneri made his skilled debut for the Gunners, smashing the Premier League record for the youngest-ever player.

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Nwaneri is now the youngest player in Premier League historical past

Making his debut as a late substitute at 15 years and 181 days previous, Nwaneri was mixing it amongst the elite before he has even sat his GCSEs.

“We have been told in the last year or two from academy coaches and from Edu that we have certain talents that we need to look after,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told talkSPORT.

“And the greatest manner we’d like to attain one thing is to ship a powerful message that it’s not going to be about the age, the age doesn’t let you know an excellent player from a nasty player.

“When you look at that boy I have a feeling that he has something special and now he makes a step forward and now maybe he needs ten steps backwards… it’s a nice moment.”

History has proven bursting onto the scene so younger will be both a blessing and a curse.

The likes of Wayne Rooney and James Milner both made their debuts at 16 and went on to have lengthy and profitable careers – but others discovered their growth halted under robust early expectations.

Here, talkSPORT.com runs by way of which category the 9 other youngest Premier League gamers managed to fall into…


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