Arsenal icon Jack Wilshere has described young star Ethan Nwaneri as ‘unplayable’ as the 15-year-old continues his sensational development.
Nwaneri made headlines earlier this season when he made his first-team debut in the Gunners’ 3-0 win at Brentford, becoming the youngest player in Premier League history.
The midfielder may not have appeared in a matchday squad for the senior side since then, but his development and rise through the ranks is being closely monitored by Arsenal fans who have high hopes for the player.
They will have been delighted therefore to have seen Nwaneri bag a brace in the space of just nine minutes for the Arsenal U18s in their 3-3 draw at in the U18 Premier League Cup.
It was a great performance all round for the younger who has been starring at a variety of different age levels so far this season, not only for Arsenal but also for England.
Former Gunners midfielder Wilshere, also a product of the club’s famed academy, is now the U18s head coach and shared his delight with Nwaneri’s performance after the draw with United.
‘In the first half, he tried to find the spaces, playing in people’s backs and creating space for himself, and we couldn’t find him a little bit,’ Wilshere said.
‘In the second half, he was very good. He was unplayable at times. He had a few good moments. In the second half a lot of players stepped up a level, we found some more space.
‘We spoke to them a little bit at halftime about few tactical things which allowed Ethan to free up. We had a really good balance in the team and Ethan was good in the second half.’
Wilshere himself should know a great young talent when he sees one, given his similar extraordinary rise to the first-team at such a young age.
The former midfielder would make 187 appearances for Arsenal, winning two FA Cups in his time at the Emirates, but an injury-stricken career forced hm to retire earlier this year aged just 30.
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