Barnes defends Arteta’s determination to discipline Nwaneri


John Barnes is the newest to have his say on Ethan Nwaneri and has supported the choice handy {the teenager} a file look within the Premier League.


Arsenal cruised to a snug 3-0 win on the Community Stadium. But one thing record-breaking occurred within the recreation as Ethan Nwaneri got here on as an alternative choice to Fabio Vieira in stoppage time to make his Arsenal debut.

Schoolboy Nwaneri additionally turned the primary ever 15-year-old to play within the Premier League, taking the file because the youngest participant within the competitors from Harvey Elliot, who was 16 years and 30 days previous when he performed for Fulham in May 2019.

Nwaneri first joined the Arsenal youth academy in 2016 on the age of 9 and has been with the North London membership since then. He has taken squad quantity 83 in his first season as a part of the first-team squad.

Arteta stated it was a gut feeling to throw Nwaneri into the deep of Premier League soccer and it has introduced blended reactions to date.

While many have labelled the Spaniard’s determination as a daring assertion, a bunch of others have criticized the concept of fielding a participant who’s barely 16.

Danny Murphy not too long ago was amongst these to criticize Arteta however John Barnes sees the scenario in a unique gentle.


In a sit-down with, Barnes sees no subject with fielding a 15-year-old, particularly as Arsenal are significantly recognized for grooming children.

He stated: “If you look at the future, the future looks bright for Arsenal in terms of a lot of the young players. Saka, you know Martinelli, Odegaard. They’ve got a good, young team. But a 15-year-old being given his debut?” 

“You should leave him alone because of course Theo Walcott made his debut at 16 and this young boy coming in is not going to be anywhere near Arsenal’s first team to be honest with you when push comes to shove.” 

“It’s great for Arsenal to say we’ve got good young players coming through but all of a sudden I don’t want people to then put so much pressure on this young boy because he made his debut to say he should be playing all the time. It’s great for him and great for Arsenal for the future.” 

He added: “I’m not saying it’s a gimmick because he’s good enough to obviously be playing but I don’t think it’s a situation whereby you’re looking at a Lionel Messi at 16 or Cristiano Ronaldo knowing that he’s going to go in the team and play every week.” 

“So it’s good news at Arsenal pushing their youngsters through but I don’t want to put pressure on this young boy and all of a sudden overemphasise that he should be playing this season or even next season.” 


Arteta and present supervisor of the Arsenal Academy, Per Mertesacker, clearly noticed one thing in Nwaneri earlier than making that call. No must criticize his actions however solely time will inform if it was the correct name to make or not.

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