Mertesacker and Wilshere hail influence of Nwaneri debut


Arsenal youth coaches Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere have shared their ideas concerning the latest debut of Academy graduate Ethan Nwaneri.


Nwaneri smashed all data when he made his debut for Arsenal within the 3-0 win at Brentford earlier than the worldwide break. The teenager turned the youngest participant in English top-flight historical past.

In addition, he additionally turned him Arsenal’s youngest ever participant in all competitions – aged 15 years and 181 days. He additionally surpassed Harvey Elliot because the youngest Premier League participant, and broke a document that had stood since August 1964 – the youngest participant in all of top-flight soccer on this nation.


The latest debut handed to Nwaneri by Mikel Arteta has as soon as once more reiterated his religion within the membership’s youth coverage in line with academy supervisor Per Mertesacker.

“Mikel gave everyone a powerful message,” he said. “I have to say how much it trickled down. I’ve seen videos of the under-9, under-10 squads cheering Ethan on at Hale End when he came on. Players that would start the same journey as he did, in the grassroots academy, were cheering him on. So suddenly he has been escalated to be a role model and a positive influence for young players.”

“It’s simply good to see, that’s what we’re pleased with, that we are able to present development, that we are able to present pathways. It was a really proud second, to begin with for himself and his household. It’s a mirrored image as nicely of what this membership is about, what the academy is about.

“A lot of youngsters entering the academy have the dream of playing for Arsenal Football Club and he made that dream come true. It was a proud moment for us as an academy.”

Former midfielder Jack Wilshere, who was aged 16 and 256 days when he made his debut for Arsenal towards Blackburn Rovers in 2008, is Arsenal’s present under-18 coach, says he’s happy with what Ethan has achieved.

“We need to give a lot of credit to everyone at Hale End,” Jack mentioned. “Everyone that’s helped him and supported him over time. There are some people who find themselves actually proud, and I’m one in every of them, however I’ve been round for a few months, and somewhat bit final season.

“So let’s thank everyone down at Hale End for their support and their hard work. Now he’s part of my team, one of my players, so I will give him all the support and guidance he needs.”

And Jack, having being there performed that earlier than, presents his personal recommendation to the younger lad as he begins his journey to greatness.

“One thing that I learnt pretty quickly – maybe not quickly enough but looking back now I realise it – is there are a lot of people at the club who have his best interests at heart,” Jack added.

“He has to hearken to them. He has to one way or the other block out the noise. I do know he has a great household round him, which was essential in my case as nicely. Keep his ft on the bottom. But he’s the kind of child that may try this. He’s a very pushed boy.

“I feel that [giving young players a chance] is a part of the custom of Arsenal Football Club.

“It was a big day for the whole club and hopefully we can use it as inspiration for the boys at Hale End, but also for the boys here who get to experience training every day and trying to push with our first team.”


Ethan could have set all these data, however he must give attention to taking part in in the meanwhile. Per and Wilshere have shared from their expertise and he wants all the correct steerage if he’s to make a reputation for himself in North London.

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