Why I handed Premier League debut to 15-year-old Nwaneri – Arteta

Why I handed Premier League debut to 15-year-old Nwaneri – Arteta

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta handed a debut to 15-year-old player of Nigerian descent on Sunday, making the youngster the youngest ever player to feature in the Premier League

The Spanish coach said he saw the teenage star train with the first team and got good reviews from the academy coaches and Director of Football, Edu.

“It was a pure gut feeling. I met the boy (and) really liked what I saw. Per Mertesacker and the academy staff are giving me really good information, Edu as well,” he said.

“I met him, he’s trained a couple of times with us. Yesterday he had to come because we have injuries, especially the injury of Martin (Odegaard), and then I had that feeling from yesterday that if the opportunity could come that I was going to do it and I just done it.”

The former Arsenal captain said he didn’t tell the player so many things but he just decided to try him on: “Those things it is better not to tell them. Just throw him there and see what happens.”

Source: Soccernet.ng

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