Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits that he had "a feeling" about Ethan Nwaneri the day before handing the 15-year-old midfielder his senior debut.
The England youth international also became Arsenal's youngest-ever player in any competition, breaking the record held by Cesc Fabregas for almost 19 years.
💬 "It was a feeling that I had yesterday... Per has been telling me about him!" @m8arteta speaks on Nwaneri's @PremierLeague debut 🤝 ❤️ @ArsenalAcademySeptember 18, 2022
A new name to many, Nwaneri was already familiar to Mikel Arteta – who explained his decision to include the schoolboy in his squad for the trip to West London.
Speaking to the Gunners' official website, Arteta said:
"It was a feeling that I had yesterday; I don't know why.
"The first day I met him, I looked him in his eyes and everyone was telling me about him. Per [Mertesacker, manager of Arsenal's academy] was telling me about him and because of the injuries, we only [had] 12 or 13 senior players yesterday to put in the squad and we decided to bring him in, and that's it.
"It's one step, one experience, so enjoy it and congratulations!"
After getting his first taste of Premier League action, Nwaneri will no doubt be itching to be involved for Arsenal's first game after the international break: the smaller matter of a North London derby clash with Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.
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