‘I love clubs like Arsenal’: Enrique says Arteta has a 'very promising' player on his hands
At the age of 15 years and 181 days, Nwaneri became the Premier League’s youngest ever player last Sunday when he was subbed on during Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford.
Former Liverpool left-back Enrique is liking the fact that Arsenal are providing such an opportunity to younger players.
Well, that’s already been proven by the fact that the Gunners had the youngest average age squad last season.
And with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka continuing to thrive in Arsenal colours, then it shouldn’t be a surprise that Arteta is making such bold calls.
Either way, it’s one that has left Enrique pretty pleased, as he praised his fellow countryman in the Arsenal dugout.
“I can’t even imagine at that age,” said Enrique. “To make it at 19 or 20, it’s something that you go ‘wow, it’s unbelievable and he’s a promising player’.
But at 15, and already with what Arteta has said that ‘he seems ready, but he is going to have to prove himself and it’s just the start’.
“The most difficult part is starting right now because when you are with the first team, they are giving you minutes, but now you have to prove yourself that the manager hasn’t got it wrong.
“It happens with a lot of young players. They have the chance when they are young, then they can’t continue, that’s the most difficult thing, is to be consistent.
“But with 15 and Arteta giving him the chance, the kid looked very, very promising and maybe he is one for the future. I love this that clubs like Arsenal that are relying on players who are this age and it shows you how many good players are out there – it looks very, very promising.”
THE TOUGH JOURNEY NOW STARTS FOR NWANERI
This is where the tough road to possible success starts for Nwaneri because his name is now on many people’s lips.
The next time he steps foot onto the pitch, whether it’s for the senior side, or most likely, the younger age groups, all eyes will be on what he is going to do.
But this is where Nwaneri, certainly at club level, will have the right people around him from Arteta to the leader without the armband, Granit Xhaka.
Former Fulham player Harvey Elliott was the player’s record Nwaneri broke and given that he is now a regular starter for Liverpool, then he is a prime example of what could come for the attacking midfielder down the line.
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