Recently, Nwaneri joined a lengthy list of adolescents who have played in the Premier League before turning 18 years old. Now let's have a look at the top 10 youngest players of all time who have made their debut in the Premier League.
10: Jack Wilshere - 16 years, eight months, 12 days.
Jack Wilshere, who entered the game at the age of 16 against Blackburn Rovers in September 2008, formerly held the distinction for being Arsenal's youngest-ever player in the Premier League before Nwaneri's debut.
9. Jack Robinson - 16 years, eight months, seven days.
Jack Robinson, a former Liverpool player, was only 16 years old when he made his Premier League debut for the Reds against Hull City in May 2010. He was just five days older than Jack Wilshere at the time.
8. Reece Oxford - 16 years, seven months, 24 days.
For most players, much alone Reece Oxford, 16, starting for the visiting team at the Emirates Stadium and winning 2-0 would be a remarkable accomplishment.
7. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy - 16 years, six months, 14 days.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, who was just 16 years old when he made a seven-minute cameo in Aston Villa's 4-0 victory at Sunderland in March 2015, was another teenager to come out on the right side of the scoreline during his Premier League debut.
6. Jose Baxter - 16 years, six months, nine days.
Jose Baxter, the first player on this list to lose on his Premier League debut, attempted but failed to assist Everton in a 3-2 loss to Blackburn on the opening day of the 2008-09 season.
5. Aaron Lennon - 16 years, four months, seven days.
Aaron Lennon's longevity is evidenced by the fact that he played for Tottenham Hotspur during the Glenn Hoddle era and that he made his Premier League debut for Leeds United back in 2003 against the Lilywhites.
4. Izzy Brown - 16 years, three months, 27 days.
Izzy Brown, a former West Bromwich Albion player, made his top-flight debut in a 2013 loss to Wigan Athletic at the age of 16, which has remarkable similarities to Baxter's debut.
3. Matthew Briggs - 16 years, two months, seven days.
The 8-1 thumping suffered by Manchester City in a Premier League game on the final day at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium will go down in history, but history was made a year before.
2. Harvey Elliott - 16 years, 30 days.
Harvey Elliott, a fellow Cottagers prospect who also holds the honour of being the Premier League's youngest player ever, surpassed Briggs' mark when he made his debut for Fulham in May 2019 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Elliott, who is still only 19 years old, has already made a name for himself in Jurgen Klopp's first team, and in August he signed a lucrative new contract at Anfield.
1. Ethan Nwaneri - 15 years, five months, 28 days
Before Ethan Nwaneri was born, Arsenal had completed their first season at the Emirates Stadium, lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final, and played their final game at Highbury.
The 15-year-old entered the game in the closing seconds of the Gunners' 3-0 victory against Brentford on Sunday, becoming the youngest player ever to compete in a Premier League game.
Nwaneri is a history-making superstar, and Arteta has cautioned enthusiastic supporters that he might need to take a "step back" before taking another stride forward, but there is every reason to get excited about this youngster, and it is unlikely that his record will be broken anytime soon.
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