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Xhaka begs Arsenal to safeguard Nwaneri

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Granit Xhaka, an Arsenal midfielder, urged the club and his colleagues to “protect” Ethan Nwaneri after the youth made Premier League history.

In Sunday, Nwaneri became the Premier League’s youngest player when he came on late in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford.

Nwaneri eclipsed Harvey Elliott’s record of 16 years and 30 days when he came on for Fulham at the age of 15 years and 181 days.

Due to injuries, Nwaneri was selected for Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Nwaneri, an England youth international, has practised with Arsenal’s first squad “a few times,” according to Arteta, who brought him on based on a “gut instinct.”

Nwaneri has understandably dominated headlines since his historic cameo.

Xhaka was aware of the player’s skill and assumed leadership of Arsenal Under-16s training sessions, so the necessity to safeguard and maintain his current path was not lost.

Xhaka told reporters:

“To have a guy who is 15, who is 15 years younger than me.

“He looks old when I see him, but the club can be proud of a player like him.

“He has a big future. If I am honest, I am doing my coaching licence.

“And I have trained the Under-16s: you can see a big difference with him and the other guys. He is very, very special.

“Of course, you must protect him as he is very young.

“But if he keeps going like this with his hard work, he has a big future.

“I spoke with one Brentford guy, and I told him this guy was 15.

“And he looked at me and said: ‘F*** me, we are looking old!’

“So yes, of course, when you have 15 years difference, you think: ‘Okay, the time is not gone, but it is on the way’. But we are enjoying him, and he is enjoying us as he has the quality.

“If I am honest, he is not with us much in training.

“I have maybe seen him twice or three times now.

“He is very shy, of course, but the time will come when he will be more with us.

“But you have to protect him and help him.

“Football is not everything for him and us, but the club will help him.

“And the experienced players have to help him.”

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