Ethan Nwaneri becomes the youngest player in Premier League history

ARSENAL youngster Ethan Nwaneri - who wasn't even born when the Emirates Stadium was opened - has been included in today's first team squad to face Brentford.

15 years and 181 days, Ethan Nwaneri (born 2007) is the first player under the age of 16 ever to play in the Premier League. He surpasses Harvey Elliott (16y 30d) as the competition's youngest ever player.

The 15-year-old was promoted to first team training this week having made his U21's debut at the beginning of September.

The attacking midfielder has impressed at youth level and appeared alongside established players Eddie Nketiah and Rob Holding on the bench.

Harvey Elliott is the youngest player to appear in the Premier League aged 16 years and 30 days for Fulham in 2019.

"We have the opportunities to bring young players on," said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the Brentford game.

He added: "We are pretty short and opportunities come when issues arise."

Nwaneri, who was born in March 2007, has been allocated the number 83 shirt.

He has already made a number of appearances for Arsenal at under-18s level and, aged 14, played for the England Under-16s.

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